The Luxury of Sweet Cherries
The juicy, sweet bursts of flavors we all know is packed into a tiny little cherry is a luxury that not everyone can enjoy. Between the ultra-short picking season, the delicacy of the fruit for shipping, and the challenges stone fruits present for preservation, not everyone who wishes to luxuriate in the richness of farm-fresh cherries are able to. However, after speaking with cherry farmers, we learned the trick to enjoying this seasonal fruit is investing in a cherry pitter. Read a bit more to learn why you should pit your cherries and we can introduce you to a few functional cherry pitting tools.
Why Cherry Pitting Is Important
There are several reasons simple reasons to pit your cherries; preservation, safety, and baking.
Cherries freeze really well. Preserving cherries through freezing them is a perfect, and simple way, to extend the cherry season well into the winter. But, you are still faced with the problem of the stone a.k.a seed. Frozen cherries are impossible to de-pit and attempting to remove cherry pits from a thawed cherry is messy. The perfect solution is to remove the seed from the cherries before you freeze them. Then, you can throw your de-stoned fruits into a freezer bag and enjoy them throughout the year.
Another reason to remove the pit from your freshly picked cherries is for safety. Both young children and the elderly are at risk for choking while eating cherries with the stone still inside. To remove the choking hazard from the fruit and allow children and the elderly to enjoy the taste and take advantage of the vitamin and nutrient-rich fruit, taking the time to quickly remove the cherry pit is important.
Clearly, you cannot bake, cook, or make jams and jellies with cherries that still have the cherry pits in them. However, cherry jam, freshly baked cherry scones, cherry muffins, and savory and sweet cherry sauces are delicious – especially when they are prepared from fresh cherries. But, de-stoning the fruit can be a slow and tedious process if you do not have the correct tools.
Invest In A Cherry Pitter
There are so many reasons why you should invest in a cherry pitter. The opportunity to pick cherries is only a short window of 4-6 weeks. That means that you should pick as many cherries as you can – and then find the best cherry pitter tools to help you enjoy the cherries throughout the year. Removing the stones from cherries can be a tedious task – however, learning how to use a cherry pitter will make the task fun, quick, and simple and open up your palate to enjoying cherries all year long.
Local Backroad Tips For Cherry Pitting
We were able to practice de-pitting cherries using a variety of tools. The smaller, hand-held cherry pitter allowed us to de-stone 1 cherry at a time. It was simple and very effective – and safe enough for children to use with supervision. This is an ideal cherry pitter when you only have a few cherries to pit.
We also sampled a larger cherry pitter that allowed us to de-stone up to 6 cherries at a time. This tool was also quick, simple and even kept all the cherry juices contained – meaning clean-up was even easy. This is an ideal tool for when you need to de-stone many cherries at once for freezing, baking, or cooking.
Either tool you choose, you can enjoy exploring our Local Backroads and our glorious cherries throughout the year.
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