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4.0 out of 5 stars Will pit kilos of cherrys in minutes, with some hitches though., 7 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Leifheit Preserving Cherrymat Cherry Pitter Machine, Plastic, White (Kitchen & Home)
I planted a cherry tree 20 years ago and now its huge and gives insane amounts of fruit. But making a cherry pie or cherry smoothie was just not worth the effort of pitting them which took hours!
Have used the olive pitter/garlic press type before and it's way too time consuming and messy, and this is just light years better. THERE IS NO COMPARISON.

I was astonished when I bought this. Throw a handful of cherries in and push the plunger. KA-POP! - the stone flies into the plastic bin and the pitted cherry is ejected to the side. 1 second! unlike with the olive pitter/garlic crusher - no positioning the cherry needed, no messing about fishing the pitted cherry out and placing it in bowl.

The next cherry in the top slider has then rolled into position thanks to gravity, ready to be pitted. Push the plunger again. Pop... ka-pop, ka-pop, ka-pop - it really is that fast! ASTONISHING. About a cherry per second pitted!
You have a handful of cherries pitting in seconds. A Panful in a few minutes.

*Generally* it is that simple - more or less - and, as I said you can do a large pan full of cherries in a few minutes. But its not QUITE 100% smooth a process as that unfortunately. Yes, the machine does jam and cherries sometimes fly out unpitted.

However, I would not say the gripes about the machine are serious problems, they are niggles.

I know some posters have marked the machine down strongly because its not perfect but that's not right.
The bottom line is that you will pit huge amounts of cherries - faster than using anything else!!

So what are the niggles?

The first niggle is that the top loader only takes a handful of cherries. That gets pretty irritating as the speed of pitting them is so fast you have to stop and reload frequently which takes another few seconds - its like having a machine gun that only takes 9 bullets at a time. If you overload it - it will block up guaranteed because the cherries will not find enough room to position themselves properly.

The second niggle is it does block up regularly, on non standard size cherries, and sometimes leaves the stone in (about 5% of the time). However when you get a block/jam - you just pop the jammed cherry out with your finger (a second or 3's work) and your god to go again! With the unpitted cherries - you learn to live with these as its a small number affected and you can simply check over them later.

The third niggle is that you have to hold the base of the unit with your other hand as the force of pushing the plunger can make the unit move despite the 4 little rubber feet its on with a wide base.

Build quality: Its cheaply built of plastic, but the main plunger mechanism is strong enough (That part contains a metal rod and is sprung with more sturdy plastic handle) and I can see it lasting for years and years overall. I have had mine for 2 summers and a lot of use with no signs of damage.

All in all - a fantastic product which is a massive massive help if you have a serious amount of cherries to process. I have even made cherry smoothies, cherry pies, cherry pancakes, cherry sauce, even cherry wine all thanks to this machine. It is not a perfect product, for the above reasons, but its niggles are fairly minor. I do feel like giving this a 5/5 rating because its such a big improvement over anything else, but 4/5 it is, to be fair, just because of the few niggles above.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2013 21:19:02 BDT
M. Craciunas says:
Does this work with olives? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2013 21:43:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2013 14:30:35 GMT
HardSaver says:
Hmmm. I have never tried. It might work - but olives are a slightly different profile to cherries. I will give it a go when I get some stoned olives and post back.
Update: Yes - it works with Olives. However the pip/stone in olives are more oval and you might have to adapt the rubber cross hatch where the stone goes through. I tried with a few small stoned olives and they seemed to work fine. I don;t know about larger olives but for the price of the unit I would say just give it a go.
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