Friday, 24 August 2012

A Cherry of a Problem

If you are a member of my FB page you probably know about the bounty of cherries I was able to glean from a neighbors yard. I love cherries so was pretty ecstatic to get them. There was only one problem... I don't own a cherry pitter, the store is an hour away and I have no plans to go there any time soon. What to do?

I tried numerous make shift items. A skewer with the end blunted. a pen without the tip and finally my fingers. What resulted was a bit of a mess. My finger nails are pretty short due to not wanting to have the milk bucket kicked over by my lovely ladies in the barn. Most of the cherries ended up split apart pretty badly but I kept at it determined to get it done. I was getting a bit frustrated and seriously considered just smashing them all with a rolling pin a few times. About 1/3 of the way through I to called my mother in law to ask for one of her recipes. While on the phone I asked her about an easier way of pitting them. When she told me the implement to use I was shocked and felt just a bit stupid. Why didn't I think of that?

To capture my feeble attempts to perfect this cherry pitting machine I decided to do my very first video. After all why not? I have to hit this milestone some day. So... here goes! No comments about the state of my fingernails allowed! After all these poor gardening hands might get a complex. Don't mind the poor camera angles... its hard to video when you only have two hands and need them for the demonstration. Hmmm...  I need to rig a holder of some sort for around my neck.

Also seen on: Deborah Jean's Dandelion House,


  1. That is great!!
    You have great hands Glo hard working strong and beautiful just the way God intended :)

  2. Thanks for sharing this! My local grocery store recently had cherries on sale fairly cheap, so I bought a ton to put up cherry pie filling. Like you, I don't have a cherry pitting machine and wound up massacring the cherries. Cherries are on sale again this week, and now I have a tool to make pitting much easier!

    1. You are very welcome Ginny. :) It took me a bit to get the hang of it but once I did it worked great! :)

  3. How ingenious,I would of never thought of that,thanks for sharing!


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