Ode to My (Very First) Cherry Pitter

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 6/23/2010 10:56 AM | COMMENTS (20)

A poem to a cherry pitter? Yup! Because it makes eating and cooking with this most delicious fruit such a pleasure.

Cherries are a great source of heart healthy-antioxidants, and rich in fiber, vitamin C and potassium. They’re sweet and in-season right now – on sale at my local supermarket last week for just $1.44 a pound! (For shopping tips and more info on their health benefits, read The Skinny on Cherries.)

I got tired of cutting out the pits for my 3 year old, and also removing the pits for my husband’s amazing cherry sangria, so I finally got an OXO Cherry (and Olive) Pitter last week. And as silly as this sounds, it was love at first sight. So…

Dear Cherry Pitter,

The minute I opened the package I knew
How deeply and madly I’d fall for you.

Like a wide-eyed kid in a candy store,
I pit a cherry and then I just want one more.

You make fruit salad, pies and cobblers a breeze.
Even my six-year old child can use you with ease.

I can’t remember getting this excited over a kitchen tool.
But over you my dear pitter, I do nothing but drool.

With love, red-stained fingers and gratitude,
Leslie Fink, MS, RD





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  • Post Image crickettgirl64 (sallie)

    7/1/2010 9:12 AM
    I'll have to get one of these! Love your poem. LOL! How Cute. It made my morning!


  • Post Image abbie.lobley (abbie)

    6/23/2010 3:17 PM
    I bought the same pitter last year to make cherry eating easier for my then 3 year old. I have to say it is by far some of the best money I've ever spent!


  • Post Image danikay2006 (danette)

    6/24/2010 9:22 AM
    i have one of these and use it for cherries and olives...made my life so much easier! my favorite cherries are the yellowish colored ones... i've heard them called Queen Ann cherries and Ranier cherries. SO GOOD!!!!!


  • Post Image siestacheryl1

    7/2/2010 8:29 PM
    Found a cherry pitter that does 4 at a time at Bed Bath and Beyond. What a treat!


  • Post Image allisonisback

    7/2/2010 9:39 AM
    I love mine too! Just used it last night to pit the cherries from our CSA share and made a fruit cobbler for weekend guests. It also works for olives I have heard.


  • Post Image unicorn1524

    6/24/2010 3:11 AM
    Love the poem - I'm almost inspired to buy one. I'm definitely inspired to buy some cherries.


  • Post Image manchester860

    6/26/2010 7:54 PM
    I bought the same pitter last summer - hard to believe how I ever lived without it. I love it! Thanks for sharing. [[Life is a bowl of cherries but watch out for the pits]]


  • Post Image ebrandt (elizabeth)

    6/28/2010 1:42 AM
    I just blogged about how much I love my cherry pitter today before I read this post -- I love mine!


  • Post Image beachlover88

    6/25/2010 12:56 PM
    I would LOVE to have one of these! I've always wanted to try adding cherries to some of my smoothies, but it is way to much trouble :( I will definately be on the look out for one of these baby's!


  • Post Image lowboovan (laura)

    7/16/2010 12:29 PM
    That's so funny! I am reading this blog for the 1st time - I just bought the very same OXO cherry pitter last weekend. I LOVE IT!


  • Post Image kashmirkat2

    7/12/2010 12:53 PM
    lol - love it - my daighter got me one last Xmas - best gift she could have gotten me! I pack bento for my husband and when I pack cherries, he really doesn't want to have to spit out pits in the lunchroom at work - lol :)


  • Post Image judith bernstein

    7/14/2010 11:34 AM
    I have had a cherry pitter for years, but just helped another shopper find one yesterday. I am looking forward to making cold cherry soup this week. For Hulling strawberries, I still prefer my melon baller or my grapefruit knife.


  • Post Image incense+peppermints

    7/15/2010 11:32 PM
    I love the cherry pitter, too. It's also works very well on olives!


  • Post Image rugbybabi4life

    6/25/2010 4:34 PM
    You....ARE... HILARIOUS! I love your blog! You add laughter to a journey that can sometimes get me down!


  • Post Image bartlose55

    6/23/2010 7:11 PM
    Wow and here all these years I have been s spitter...not a pitter thank you for the way to be more ladylike........ya know sometimes they are so delicious they don't not even make it home


  • Post Image nasholibre

    6/23/2010 2:36 PM
    This is the first time I've been inspired to buy a cherry pitter. I think it's because cherry sangria sounds so good- please share your husbands cherry sangria recipe with us and the point value!!


  • Post Image nmetrick

    7/27/2010 3:20 PM
    I purchased a cherry pitter this year too. Why didn't I do that sooner?


  • Post Image weightwatchers.com editors

    7/16/2010 2:35 PM
    Cherry Sangria - good bottle of red wine, strawberry (rasberry or cherry) syrup, pitted cherries, chopped strawberries, orange chunks, chopped apples, lemon slices (or other fruit) - let sit overnight in fridge. Add ice and seltzer and serve. Enjoy!


  • Post Image flashieb55

    7/16/2010 5:35 PM
    Sounds good, how much syrup?


  • Post Image jkcannis

    7/14/2010 5:37 PM
    how about sharing the recipe for the "amazing cherry sangria"??? sounds like a winner to me!!




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