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My husband...he is so helpful.
Truth is a knife will suffice. A bit more work. But, it will do.
I asked this question and got some amazing responses - the one that I am trying next is to use a frosting tip. Here is the link - http://food52.com/hotline...
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Cake frosting tips with starred ends work wonderfully. Saves space over a cherry pitter and makes you feel good about multitasking implements :-)
I usually use a tiny melon baller or a teaspoon. Not a regular teaspoon, but those small ones you get at a tea place. Or, if you have long nails, you can just coax it out, but then you'll get red hands.
Use a straw. As in plastic drinking straw.
A chopstick also works (the wide end)
Also depends what you are going to do with them---if they don't need to look good, you can freeze them. Then defrost, and they will shmush easily and give you nice juice as well.
My grandmother used a hair pin or "bobby pin". Insert the loop end in and pull the seed out. I still use this method
Take apart a pen and wash the casing. Once you have cleaned the casing, use the narrow end to push through the top (were the stem was connected) and push out the pit from the bottom. It's simple and easy. Source: www.traversebayfarms.com
Same idea as a straw -- but with a straw still have usable pens... ;)
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All of the above are interesting methods, but truth be told cherry stoners are inexpensive. And they also multitask if you have big fat olives that you need to stone.
No answer to pitting w/o a pitter; but why not check into buying from OXO? Inexpensive and you will always love having it around, be it for cherries or olives.
Use the square end of a chopstick or any similarly shaped item. Put the cherry over the top of a beer bottle (drink the beer first) and use the stick to push the pit into the bottle, leaving the cherry still sitting on top.
I'm with Pierino on this! Just buy a cherry pitter...I've been using the same on for 30+ years.
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