I’ve never been crazy about cherries. It’s not that I don’t like the sweet taste of summer’s favorite fruit. The process of cleaning off the fruit from the pit makes my teeth feel funny, and I’m not a fan of cherry pit spitting.
(Incidentally, I don’t eat a lot of watermelon because of its pesky seeds. I’m even turned off by the small white ones in “seedless” watermelons.)
Lucky for Levi, JB does not share my strange aversion to cherries (although he does have strong feelings about corn), and the two of them have been snacking on them all summer — and making quite a mess. Sticky red fingers are unavoidable when you have to cut your toddler’s cherries in half to remove the pits before serving them.
A cherry pitter would make the job easier and neater, but I know that it’d eventually find its way to the back of a cabinet alongside the mango splitter we registered for but have never used. We definitely don’t need another specialty utensil cluttering up the kitchen — especially when we already have a drawer full of paper clips.
Have you seen this video demonstrating how to pit cherries with a paper clip? Even as a non-cherry eater, I can appreciate that it’s a cool kitchen hack. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look any less messy than using a knife to split a cherry and extract the pit. Did you see how stained her fingers are at the end?
Maybe we’ll stick to plums, which are significantly less sticky and messy than cherries and, apparently, Levi’s new obsession. The other day he asked if we could call my mom because he needed to tell her three things:
1. He went poopy on the potty that morning.
2 The battery on his iPhone died.
3. He likes plums.
Also, I just really want to try this plum pitting technique: