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I wanted to pit a black olive, like a Kalamata, and retain the shape - is there a good clean way to take the pit out?

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Two Options which work for both olives and cherries:

  1. Use a drinking straw and push through one end until you hit the pit and keep pushing until the pit comes out.

  2. Use a large paper clip partially opened so that the end can be used for inserting and pushing the pit through.

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+1 for the straw! No fancy device purchase required. – JustRightMenus Jul 30 '10 at 20:05

i've heard that cherry pitters work. (like this one:

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