When the first cherries hit the market in the summertime, it's hard not to get excited. These petite fruits herald the bounty to come; not long behind are the plums, apricots, nectarines, and peaches of the season. However, pitting the little fruits can be a substantial effort. With the right tool for the job, you can blast through your cherries in no time. (Note: Contains affiliate links.)
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TSM Products Stainless Steel Cherry Stoner
The Rolls Royce of cherry pitters is the TSM Products Stainless Steel Cherry Stoner. This pitting machine churns through cherries five at a time with the turn of a crank. It's not cheap, but if you're a real cherry maniac, it could be a great investment.
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Progressive Laboratories 6-Slot Prepworks Cherry Pitter
Significantly cheaper yet also efficient is the Progressive Laboratories 6-slot Prepworks Cherry Pitter. The tool features six divots that hold your cherries; pitters push through the fruit when you press from above. The pit catcher is fairly small, though, so for large batches, you'll be stopping to empty it frequently.
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OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter
For smaller batches, hand models are sufficient. The OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter is a popular choice. OXO is well known for their ergonomic designs, so you can go on a pitting bender without getting hand cramps. Bonus: This device (and most of the other cherry pitters on this list) also can be used to remove pits from olives.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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