|Cherry pitting instruments|
the next is the silver handheld that pits one at a time, barely a step up from the bobbypin but a few less hand cramps; then the chop it man which is still just one or two cherries but you just hit the top with your palm which saves finger cramps - and he is cute; and this year, thanks to Maggie, a kindred jam making spirit, who graciously gifted me this multiple cherry pitter, I had no hand cramps this year. Thank you again, Maggie. The cherries were smaller than usual, so a few pits got through, oh well. I have to give credit to Mark too who gallantly pitted cherries with me more than one year.
The first summer we lived in the cottage, I was so busy making it livable that I almost missed the ripe cherries. Once I discovered them, a bumper crop, I called friends to come to help themselves. I picked enough for us and then was faced with the fact that I didn't have a way to efficiently pit them. I went to the hardware store and couldn't find a cherry pitter anywhere. I didn't want to drive another 25 miles and spend several hours searching so I asked a couple elderly women at the hardware store if they had any suggestions. One said to use a bobbypin. She went into detail how it works and they wished me well. Maybe they had a good chuckle about that but it does work! It's hard work, my hand was cramped, but the curved end of the bobby pin effectively caught the pit and slipped it out. While doing the job, I knew I had a mission to find a better cherry pitter. Now thanks to my friend, pitting cherries isn't quite so daunting.
Here's the new pitter in action, very
efficient and you can see it's capacity
is greater than one at a time
The beautiful ceramic cherry pie on the
lazy-susan behind the fresh cherries is a
hand painted gift from my young friend,
Sasha. Isn't it exquisite?
I got 6 1/2 jars of first of the season
cherry jam. It is delicious - of course
we had to try it right away!
My favorite jam cookbook. It's an
investment but it has recipes the likes
of which you never tasted before along
with old standards. Her methods are
modern and make this process a lot
|The finished pie, yum!|
Summer for me is enjoying the fresh fruit and vegetables but also the preservation of them for winter. It is such a satisfying feeling in winter to be able to pull something from the pantry or freezer that I put up in the summer. It is worth the time and effort it takes to do the preserving.
This year I plan to dry some things as another way to preserve the harvest.
Hope you are having a fun and fruitful summer.
P.S. I've had a number of readers ask me about the flowers in the masthead of my blog. Yes, they are roses from my garden. Beautiful, yes?