Quick Tip: How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter

Posted by Jennifer Lee on May 21, 2012 5 Comments

Pitting cherries can be as easy as child's play! Here's a simple way to pit cherries without a pitter. 

A cherry pitter may be a convenient gadget when it comes to making cherry pie, but in the service of clutter control it's a kitchen tool that I can live without. Instead, when cherry season is in full swing we use a simple tool that's already in our kitchen: a pastry tip. My kids love this pitting project -- but be warned, it can get messy! Be sure to wear clothes that can handle a stain or two.

How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter

Step 1: Wash the cherries. Find a pastry tip, preferably star shaped.

How to pit cherries without a pitter: Step 1

 

Step 2: Remove the stems.

how to pit cherries without a pitter: step 2

 

Step 3: Place the cherry, stem side down, on top of the pastry tip. Press gently and presto, out pops the pit!

how to pit cherries without a pitter: step 3


Step 4: Enjoy!

how to pit cherries without a pitter: step 4


Do you have a trick for how to pit cherries without a pitter? Share your tips!

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Simple Cherry Compote (52 New Foods, Week 20)

Posted by Jennifer Lee on May 21, 2012 1 Comment

Life’s a bowl of cherries – especially when you’re enjoying the simple pleasures of homemade cherry compote.

On an early morning stroll my daughter spotted a cherry tree. Gazing at the branches, hanging heavy with bright red beauties, she wondered, “Can we try cherries this week?”

Feature Recipe: Simple Cherry Compote

cherry compote

It is impossible for me to resist a summer roadside stand calling out, “Fresh, local cherries!” Faced with an overflowing basket of beautiful, bright red gems, we had ample opportunity to experiment with this simple summer fruit. One of our favorite treats is to drizzle warm berry compote over homemade vanilla ice cream or yogurt. Why not give it a whirl with cherry compote?

Homemade Cherry Compote

Adapted from Small Kitchen College

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: about 12 minutes
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:
1-pint fresh cherries
1 Tbsp honey
½ cup water


Directions:

1)    Wash and pit the cherries. See this easy trick for how to pit cherries without a pitter. This part is a little messy, but great fun for the kids!

2)    Add the water and honey to small saucepan. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer until thin syrup forms. About 7 minutes.

3)    Add the cherries. Cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook longer for a more jam-like texture.

4)    Serve warm over homemade vanilla ice cream, or cool completely and add to your favorite yogurt parfait.

Crunch a Color Kids Vote: Sweet!

What we liked: Pitting the cherries was the best (and messiest) part of this adventure. Be sure to wear clothes that can handle a stain or two! We also reserved a portion of our cherries for the freezer. Cherry frozen yogurt, anyone?  

What is your favorite way to prepare cherries? Share your tips and recipes!

Next up: Our local farmers’ market is back in full swing! Can’t wait to see what our friends have in store for us this week. Stay tuned!

Craving more new recipes to try? Catch up on last week’s recipe: Steamed artichokes.

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color™ -- the award-winning game that makes healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit children’s nutrition programs including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and FoodCorps. Watch her picky eaters tell the story of how they turned into healthy eaters playing the game. Follow @crunchacolor on Facebook and Twitter to tune into Crunch a Color's healthy eating adventure and Jennifer’s tips and kid-friendly, easy recipes.

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Oatmeal with cherries and pistachios

Posted by Jennifer Lee on July 19, 2011 0 Comments

A yummy recipe from Martha Rose Shulman...a simple twist on morning oatmeal.

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