Hi, Everyone! Today I am talking about Northwest Grown Sweet cherries. My family loves cherries this time of year when the temperatures soar. Cherries are the perfect combination of tart and sweet. And, lucky for us cherries are at their peak during the summer months.
So I was psyched when I was approached to create a post using Northwest-Grown Sweet Cherries. This is the season for cherries from the Pacific Northwest. This past winter the Pacific Northwest had one of the coldest winters in decades. It pushed back the start of the cherry season, but now growers in the Northwest anticipate fresh cherries through the summer. Yes, please!
How cute is the cherry print packing tape on the outside of the cardboard box? This box revealed bags of fresh Northwest Grown cherries.
I checked out a few cherry related recipes in anticipation of this orchard to table delivery. But, now the pressure was on me to create something fresh and not from a can. Game on!
Until this summer I never knew there were tools to remove the pits. I won’t get into the details, but my family either ate around the pit or creatively disposed of them.
I needed a quick solution to get started on the pit project.
other methods failed to remove the pits
A quick online search, on how to remove the pits, pulled up suggestions to use a straw or an icing tip. The straw was too bendy and could not come close to piercing the cherry and taking the pit with it. Not even close. Maybe a stainless steel straw I see online.
A second popular suggestion was to use an icing tip. I had plenty of icing tips to choose from, but they were too short to get a grasp of the icing tip and the cherry. Fail!
Just as I planned to go on the hunt for a cherry pitter, I took a second to check my utensil drawer for looking for a stand-in for the pitter. And, I found the solution with an olive oil stopper/pourer. You know the ones you save …. just in case you need a spare oil stopper/pourer? Well, that little extra olive oil pourer got the job done as a cherry pitter.
The stainless steel end was perfect to pierce the cherry and the size of it consistently pierced through the cherry and pushed the seed out. The length of the olive oil pourer, with the threaded end on the opposite end, made it easier to hold the cherry in one hand while gripping the cherry pitter substitute.
oil stopper/pourer worked best to pit cherries
After four pounds of cherries, it looked like a crime scene on my kitchen counter. I shared this photo on Instagram.
prep area before you pit the cherries
- large area to work
- large bowl for the pitted cherries
- bowl for the cherry pits
- dark color cloth/rag to wipe surface – it gets very messy
- old clothes
The pit removal process was more labor intensive than I anticipated. I removed the stem and followed by the cherry pit removal. It was a little cumbersome. Next time I will remove all the stems first and then power through the pit removal.
Sidenote: I recommend catching up on your recorded shows. I caught up with a week’s worth of Hoda and Kathie Lee on the Today Show.
Stay tuned for my first fresh cherry pie recipe I made using fresh Northwest grown cherries. For cherry recipes and nutritional details on cherries please visit Northwest Cherries.
**disclosure: I received Northwest Cherries for this post. All opinions are my own. Information and facts provided by the Northwest Cherries & Washington State Fruit Commission.
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