A cherry pitter is a wonderful thing, but what do you use if you don't have one? Recently we were cooking at a friend's home and without a pitter or a pastry tip in sight, we turned to another versatile tool: the chopstick! To pit cherries with a chopstick, just place the chopstick on the stem-end of the cherry, push it through, and voilà – out pops the pit.
Occasionally you might have to root around for the pit, and the process is messier and more time-consuming than using a pitter. However, as long as you don't have too many cherries to process, it's actually kind of fun.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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