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Clever Kitchen Gadget - The Cherry Stoner

Updated on August 29, 2012

I don't usually get involved with the weekly topic inspirations but this week when I saw the topic I just had to write a hub about one of my favorite all time kitchen gadgets, my Cherry Stoner or Pitter.

Many years ago now our family lived in the beautiful country town of Young, New South Wales which is renowned for being the Cherry capital of our state. Young is located in the the South West Slope Region, of New South Wales, Australia about an hour and half from Canberra our nations capital. A region perfectly suited to the produce of beautiful stone fruit it is a cold and frosty region in Winter and hot and dry in Summer. Competing with it's sister producer in the Country town of Orange, Young produces some of the best Cherries Nationwide.

A lover of Cherries, and most stone fruit, cherries of course were regularly on the menu and as a family we were excited each year with the arrival of the first fruits on the trees and prayed that good weather would prevail and frost, hail and pests would be kept away from the precious crops until harvest. It was a delight to serve the delicious fruit whether in a pie, on a cake, in a strudel (delicious) as jam, served with ice cream or as a great edition to the school lunch box ah la natural.

So it was with great consternation that my husband who loved the taste of the fruit and longed for it as much as I did would very rarely eat them citing his dislike of the rather large pip in the fruit as the reason. Needless to say in frustration I tried to get the pips out of his cherries before serving them up and would try to cut, squeeze or mash them out. Until one day I just happen to relay the difficulty I was having with a friend, who suggested buying a Cherry Stoner. I had never heard of an aid to remove the pips before and excited at the thought I researched the gadget and tracked one down.

And now so many years later I am still using this handy little gadget and not just for Cherries but it does a great job with Olives and as a lover of Olives as well I thought others might like to know about my favorite kitchen gadget.

Description

The pitter I use is a small hand held device that holds a cherry in place and pushes a rod through the cherry pushing out the pit. When I bought mine there were few on offer but now many different designs of cherry pitters are available in kitchen supply stores and in stores such as Target and Walmart in the US. Some pitters like mine are hand held processing one cherry at a time while others are more complex and sophisticated and offer splatter shields to reduce juice splattering everywhere and if you don't like mess this type may be for you, and some can pit several or more cherries at one time.

Why Buy a Cherry Pitter

  1. In my case with the volume and abundance of fruit each year I needed to get the job done quickly.
  2. This small labor saving device is almost 100% accurate in removing stones.
  3. Kid's love to help (again if you don't mind the mess).
  4. Is a cheap and economical kitchen gadget retailing in most stores at less than twenty dollars.
  5. My acquisition made a very happy husband.

Where to Buy your Pitter

  1. Kitchen supply stores
  2. Target
  3. Amazon online
  4. Walmart in the US
  5. Ebay

If you love Cherries as much as I do and want to make jam, pies etc and are able to prevent yourself from devouring them as soon as you buy them, then I am sure you will find the purchase of this simple kitchen gadget to be so worth your while.

Enjoy.



The Cherry Stoner in action

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      It is a pretty cool gadget for sure..thanks for your visit my way poetryman6969..Cheers

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I did not know there was a gadget like this. How cool!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh my teaches12345 a cherry cheesecake sounds delicious..hub me on that one:) Hope you find the stoner helpful..Thanks for dropping by..

      Cheers

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I'll have to look for this at Target. I would use this to make my favorite cheesecake recipe. Thanks for the information.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      You are welcome Mama Kim and am sure you will use it as your Cherries in the US are to die for...we are enjoying them at the moment over here, thanks for dropping by and for your votes:)...cheers

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      This is a gadget I don't have--- but MUST get! Thank you!! voted up and useful ^_^

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Molly...so glad you came by...cherries are so delicious aren't they and so hope you get a pitter soon, it will def be helpful for you...cheers

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      Mollydolly 5 years ago

      I love the idea of a cherry pitter! Cherries are one of my favourite fruits and I think I've passed this love of them onto my little girl as well! They are a pain to pip for her though so I will definitely be buying a cherry pitter! Thankyou for your great advice!!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks LTaylor99...it's a handy little gadget for sure...we are still enjoying beaut cherries from the US down under, I hope you get one in time for your cherry season if it hasn't ended already,

      cheers

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      LTaylor99 5 years ago from USA

      This is sooo neat! Will have to get one of these!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thanks so much alocsin...it's a bit hard to resist them as they are so delicious at the moment...cheers

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What a great idea. My partner loves cherries so I'll show him your hub Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Wow mvillecat the 6 stoner sounds fantastic, will look it up on amazon...thanks for dropping by & letting me no...cheers

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      bobby 5 years ago

      Cheers!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Mike, always good to see you...will definitely be in touch if I need u to explain @ the 'Cafe'

      :) thanks for your comments...Cheers

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you so much ArwenGrey for stopping by...I am working on uploading a video which will show you how the stoner works better...and I haven't seen a four cherry stoner before either & would really love to...one @ a time can be a little tedious but because I love them so much it kind of goes one for the pie & one for me while pitting them:) It won't work on the tinned cherries because they are too wet & soft...You no my hubby is a bit spoilt & I do the same with most stone fruit, but I definitely draw the line with grapes lol :)thanks for your great comment...

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      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I bought a cherry pitter a couple of months ago and canned whole cherries and cherry chutney for the first time. I purchased the one that pits six at one time. I got it from Amazon and I love it.

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      ArwenGrey 5 years ago

      This is a very useful article, I am glad you included the pictures of the cherry pitter. I am fascinated to see a four stoner? I have never seen one! Would you know where to get one? Pitting one cherry at a time seems to take so long! I wonder wether it would work on tinned plums? Do you take the seeds out of all fruit for your husband?

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Oh, poor girl. Holler if you get stuck at the beginning of the story. When people comment on early portions, I always have to go see what they are talking about. lol Good to see you.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hey Mike:) I'm Lol here...I hesitated to write this hub for that exact reason for a while...but sometimes saying pitter sounds like you've got a stutter:) can't quite win on this one ha ha...thanks for dropping by...cheers

      ps oh & coming over to the cafe soon but want to start from the beginning...have a great day.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much Bobby for dropping by, yep that's why I got my stoner for sure...glad you found my hub helpful...cheers

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      In my day Stoner meant something totally different.

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      Bobby 5 years ago

      yes carter i love cherries but hate pips too!

      this is a very useful tip

      thanks

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hey unknown, thanks for dropping by...here in Australia we are enjoying big beautiful sweet cherries from the US and I can never get enough...Mmm I'm not sure if they grow over there in Neverland :) cheers

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Oh cherries! wish we have a lot of cherries here. Cherry stoner looks like a cool gadget in the kitchen.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Susan, nice to see you...and you are so welcome, they are such a great gadget I still use mine but wish I'd had one of those multiple ones in Young!! cheers

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never seen a cherry stoner before. What a great gadget! Thanks for introducing me to this.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      No need to apologize my friend...uh, I have been known to put the odd pitted bowl in front of him:):)...cheers

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL I think I misunderstood your removing the pits for him...I thought you were doing it to set a bowl of cherries in front of him. By all means, I would be de-stoning those cherries by hand or gadget if I were putting them into a pie. Thanks for the clarification, my mistake.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you Denise and oh what I'd give for a backyard tree now ...we did have one in Young which made me very happy!!

      And yes I do love him very much & it still gives me a lot of pleasure to cook for him... And you can't really cook a cherry pie with stones :)Thanks again for the follow & encouragement

      Cheers

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you Denise and oh what I'd give for a backyard tree now ...we did have one in Young which made me very happy!!

      And yes I do love him very much & it still gives me a lot of pleasure to cook for him... And you can't really cook a cherry pie with stones :)Thanks again for the follow & encouragement

      Cheers

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great photos and info here, Carter. thanks for sharing this little gem. I grew up with a cherry tree in the backyard and would climb up and pick cherries whenever I wanted to. We would have bowls of cherries on the table all the time. It got so huge that the cherries at the top would go to the birds.

      I have to say-you must love your husband very much to pick the cherry pits out for him so he can eat them. haha.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for your comments Arlene...and I so get what you mean, I bought a kilo just the other day (a little pricey I might add) and could hardly keep enough to do my hub:) but they are so delicious!!! cheers

      Ps I bet that 4 cherry stoner is great yeah?

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      I have a four-cherry stoner that I keep in my cupboard. I used it only once because during cherry season, I eat all the cherries that I want. When I bought the gadget, I was planning on making cherry pies or turnovers. But I could never collect enough cherries for these desserts. Cherries don't last long at my home. Even a drive home from the grocery or the farmer's market will wipe out what we bought!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Marlene, so glad to share this and I know what you mean...I have to buy kilo's to satisfy my longing:) although it's not our season here we are enjoying the delicious cherries from the US at the moment , which is what reminded me of the pitter...cheers

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thank you rcrumple for dropping by...I wish there was one that would make it easier to eat peaches but as far as I know the Stoner is specifically for cherries & olives, small stone fruit. Cheers

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh wow! I never knew such a thing existed. I'm glad you included very clear pictures, because I would not even know what to look for in the store. Cherries are one fruit that I can eat and eat and eat and not get tired of them. When I buy cherries, I have to buy what seems like tons of cherries just to satisfy my love of them.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Great Hub!

      Not being familiar with this item, I'm curious, does it come in various size? Peaches come to mind here.

      Just a thought!

      Another great job!