Essentials: OXO Cherry Pitter

by Jamie on July 8, 2011

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Let’s talk cherries. As you know, I have a pretty strong affinity for this lovely fruit. I’m usually the one paying the big bucks for them before they are actually in season and can be found snacking on them all summer long.

When I’m not noshing on them fresh from the colander, I’m looking for ways to work their sweet deliciousness into desserts and drinks.

Let’s face it, pitting cherries by hand can be a giant pain, trust me – I’ve done it – numerous times. It’s messy and the cherries end up looking like they’ve been stepped on as opposed to pitted which doesn’t work out so well for some recipes. Plus the juice splatters everywhere, and since I am not so fond of cleaning in general, I try not to make more work for myself.

I own two cherry pitters, but find myself using the one from OXO on a regular basis. It only pits one cherry at a time, but I honestly find it to be less of hassle when comparing it to my cherry pitter that pits multiple cherries at one time. Plus it’s small enough to store in my utensil drawer and has a nifty splatter shield which helps keep the juice on my cutting board as opposed to my face. It’s also sturdy and dishwasher safe which is always a big bonus in this household.

The OXO Cherry Pitter retails for about $13 and can be found at retailers such as Bed Bath and Beyond (be sure to use a 20% off coupon), Target and Amazon. And in my opinion it’s a summer essential!

Ready to get pitting? Give these cherry recipes a try:

Frozen Cherry Mojitos
Fresh Cherry Pie Filling
Fresh Cherry Crisp

Note:

This is NOT a sponsored post for OXO, I simply love the product and think that you might too!

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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies July 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I *adore* my OXO cherry pitter too. In fact, I also use it to pit baby plums. It’s great!

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avatar Prerna@IndianSimmer July 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I recently bought an OXO cherry pitter and love it beyond words! It sure is a keeper and necessity!

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avatar leslie July 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Yep..I have the same Cherry pitter( I am beginning to think we are twins). It rocks my world. I love the anti-splatter piece!

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avatar leslie July 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Oh yeah..it pits olives great too!

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avatar AEC July 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Fancy! I’ve never used a ‘real’ cherry pitter! I have always used a paper clip- it pops out the pit really easy!

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avatar Maris(In Good Taste) July 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I now know what my next Target purchase will be!

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avatar Barbara | Creative Culinary July 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I have the same cherry pitter; after years of cutting cherries in half or really…not buying many because of the hassle of cutting them in half, I got one of these last year and am so glad I did.

Cutting board? Uh oh…I go plop myself down on the sofa with a big old bowl of cherries and it becomes sort of assembly line mechanical while I watch the latest ‘junk food for the mind’ episode of something. I love it too.

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avatar Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray July 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Gorgeous cherry photos! Especially that first one, wow! I don’t have a cherry pitter, but could definitely use one! I’ll have to grab one next time I’m at BB&B.

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avatar Jamie July 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thanks so much, Rachel! Happy pitting!
–Jamie

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avatar Manda July 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I recent posted about how I made a cherry pie, and how I pitted the cherries with kabob sticks and a knife. I immediately went out the next day and bought the OXO cherry pitter and life is good now!

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avatar Megan July 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Beautiful shots, the cherries against the blue background is stunning! I can’t wait to find a good deal on cherries around here, they are our favorite. We have an OXO cherry pitter and love it. :)

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avatar Jamie July 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Thanks so much, Megan! I am just loving that aqua board!
-Jamie

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avatar Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I need to get one of these, pitting cherries with a knife is pain.

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avatar Ann July 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I have a cherry pitter very much like that one – it’s not an Oxo, but I’ve used – and loved – it for years!

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avatar Maureen July 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I have one of the cheap pitters and I might have to look into this OXO one. Anything is better than pitting with a knife or my fingers.

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avatar Maura van der Linden July 9, 2011 at 3:11 am

I have a cheap pitter and use it on both cherries and olives. It works great. I’ll have to check out the OXO one.

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avatar Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen July 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm

These pictures are making me hungry!!

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avatar Janet Rudolph July 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I love my OXO cherry pitter. I have a very old cherry pitter that I occasionally use if I misplace my ‘newer’ one, but my OXO one is easier on the hands. Cherry season is still in full swing, so I’m using it a lot right now :-)

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avatar Savorique July 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I wonder if the tool works on any cherry sizes…

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avatar Jamie July 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Savorique-
I have used it on Bing and well as Rainier cherries without any issues.
–Jamie

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avatar Casey@Good. Food. Stories. July 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

It works on the little sour cherries too! Even the super-runty ones.

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avatar Desi July 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for the product review, if I am ever looking for a cherry pitter then I know which one to try! I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-first-giveaway.html

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avatar teri@thefreshmancook July 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I have seen these at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I am glad to here everyone likes them. I wasn’t sure if it was a good product or not, but now I think I will buy one. Thanks!!

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avatar Lynette July 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I just went shopping for a Cherry Pitter today! Hubby was complaining about cutting up cherries for our 3 yr old….and I want to make your Cherry Mojitos this weekend to enjoy! I ended up going with one that pits 4 of them at a time, but I’m not all that concerned with how they look exactly! Gotta try out your Cherry Pie Filling recipe too! We used the pitter for lunch for my son and it was wonderful! A couple of minutes, some swift motions – and they were all pitted and ready for him to eat! Can’t wait to have some fun pitting cherries!

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avatar Kulsum at JourneyKitchen July 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I surely need this in my life. I’m going to look if we have it around here!

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avatar Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking July 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Gorgeous photos!
I didn’t even know that such a fine cherry pitter existed – am going to have to go buy me one. Thanks for the info., Jamie!

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avatar Jamie July 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Thanks so much, Lynne!

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avatar Kevin Schneider July 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I just have this thing against unitaskers…

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avatar Jamie July 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Kevin–
I completely understand that especially for those of us with limited cabinet space. If you like olives, you can pit them with this tool as well. Amber also mentioned being able to pit baby plums too.
Thanks for stopping by,
Jamie

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avatar Urban Wife July 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I’m sure my Mom would have appreciated a cherry pitter when I dropped off 4 lbs of cherries a few weekends ago for her to pit. Which by the way, your frozen cherry mojitos were a serious hit at our party! Enjoy your weekend. :)

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avatar Kelli July 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Oh my goodness, seriously just this afternoon I was thinking I’ve got to get online and order a cherry pitter. You read my mind. I’m the only one in my house who’ll eat the cherries because they all hate the pits…so usually I just eat them alone and spit the pit out as I go. Thank you for saving me!! Now I can actually make something with them too…

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avatar Deb @knitstamatic July 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I too love my cherry pitter. It’s not an Oxo but it’s the same concept. They really make pitting cherries so much easier than using a knife. I made my boozy cherry compote with it. Such a great tool.

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avatar Yadi @ShopCookMake July 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Believe or not, I tasted my first cherry yesterday. It was a revelation. Now I’m hooked.

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avatar Deeba July 10, 2011 at 1:32 am

I have a cherry pitter that a blog friend sent me from Mumbai…this Oxo one is fancy & pretty! Wish we had Oxo in India because $13 is a great price!

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avatar Carole July 10, 2011 at 5:28 am

Oh, you’ve photographed my indulgence–Rainer cherries! They are delicious!

A friend gave me a cherry pitter (single) last year and it transformed my cherry cooking life. I enjoy making cherry clafoutis. Yum!

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avatar Sandy July 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I don’t know what I would do without my OXO cherry pitter. Love it, Love it, Love it! When is season, cherries go into all of our baking. Pies, crumbles, cakes…..Mmmmmm!

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avatar Jenn July 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I have the same exact pitter too – from Williams Sonoma. Just used it yesterday.

And gorgeous photos!

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avatar Tracy July 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I am totally getting a cherry pitter this year before I go cherry picking. Last year it took so long to pit all the cherries that I resolved to make things easier this year! I’ll have to get this one!

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avatar TiffH July 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I received this as a Christmas gift from my husband…. After complaining last summer of cutting and removing pit or biting in half to give my toddler a pit-free cherry, I put this on my gift list, yes I keep a list year round of misc. things I would like as a gift, things I would not by myself (hey grownups should have gift lists too, it makes things so much easier), and I suppose he didn’t want me to complain anymore. I love love love it. I have used it for pitting calamata olives and then lots and lots of cherries this summer. My son loves cherries and I now I don’t spend forever cutting them up for him, I just get out my pitter and go to town on those tasty little suckers.

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avatar Lauren July 14, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Thanks for the tip! I was recently looking for a cherry pitter, so this info is definitely useful!

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avatar Tracy July 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I just wanted to say that I totally bought one of these yesterday when I went cherry picking and it made things SO much faster! Thanks for the recommendation; I’m loving it!!

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