Move over strawberries, hellooooo cherries!
Boo hoo, strawberry season is over (I know, I know, there are a few lingerers and they are worth picking). If you picked lots of strawberries and then found yourself laboring for hours over the sink with a knife, you really owe it to yourself to cough up the coin for a strawberry huller ($1.50 at Amazon). At GardenSnob, our strawberry huller lives right next to the sink during the month of June. When we put it back in the drawer in July, out jumps the cherry pitter! This might seem like a useless, kitchen gadget that you would never use, but it's not. Think back to last summer when you were making a 5-fruit salad - grapes, melon, raspberries, blueberries and cherries - what a juicy combination. After you started halving the cherries and mashing them to a pulp while trying to get the pit out (no, you can't put them in whole and let your guests choke on the pit, or worse, watch them spit it out in front of you), you realized it would be a 4-fruit salad and put the cherries back into the refrigerator. OXO Good Grips has designed a nice, hand held one (Amazon $11.99) that also works on olives. Bonus is that it locks for storage so there won't be any fights in the gadget drawer.
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Posted by Mary Ellen at July 6, 2008 7:00 AM