The fresh fruits of warm weather…. (PHOTO HEAVY POST)
And just what did I do with this bent paperclip today? I had a lot of fresh fruit laying around the kitchen and it was beginning to go brown before my family could consume it. I HATE the chore of pitting cherries and I refuse to spend money on another kitchen gadget that I'd use about twice a year. I took a large metal paperclip (a clean one, of course) and bent it so that I could use the wider bend as a "scoop" of sorts to insert into a cherry, scoop-scrape along the pit and then under the pit and then up the other side of the pit. Here's the results - in record time I pitted a pound of cherries in about 13 minutes. Once you get the hang of it, those things just whip right out. The riper the cherry the easier it is to pit them. Do not wear white, juice was squirting everywhere and cherry juice wrecks clothing. Have a couple of dish towels handy. Dig in and watch those pits fly! Using this method there is little or no waste to the cherry and the juice can be contained within the bowl. Those pits are pretty clean. Guess who's having a fresh fruit smoothie tonight. The dish is in the freezer now, getting ready to be blended with yogurt into the first smoothie of the season. I predict MANY more to follow this summer. A ten pound case of cherries is about $10.00 down at the corner fruit stand.