Last week SM had a gout flare. He manages avoiding gout through exercise and diet but usually will have a flare or two a year when the seasons change. SM drinks a cocktail of apple cider vinegar, honey and water. He also finds that eating cherries helps. I noticed Bing cherries last week at the store and picked some up "on sale" for 3.99 a pound.
The circulars this week were advertising Bing cherries and I noticed one store (that I never shop) had them for $2.77 a pound. I told SM today that I wanted to buy some up for fresh eating and also to freeze.
We stopped by the store and walked in to find those advertised cherries offered at $1.99 a pound.
So I bought 12 pounds. Now that's a lot of cherries.
I sat down and started pitting by hand with a knife. After 3 pounds, my hands were purple and cramping up. I mentioned to SM that today just might be the day to buy a cherry pitter.
SM looked them up on the Internet...none made me happy. And then SM found this video on You Tube on how to make a homemade cherry pitter
So I grabbed an old fork and SM bent it down for me.
Here he is trying it out.
The video suggests to go in from the bottom, but SM found (after a learning curve) that it's way easier to pull the stem off and go in from the top. He's SO enthused by his new creation that he's been standing there pitting cherries the whole time I've been typing up this post. (And I'm not a fast typer.)
Ssh. I might sneak off and go take a nap now. All this food preservation is hard work. (BIG grin @:)