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Each year I have huge quantities of small cherry plums (roughly 2x cherry size). The problem is the pits. Is there a large mesh cheesecloth available I could try?

  • I've tried cooking partially, then a food mill. The pits get jammed under the wiper.
  • I've tried a cherry pitter. Messy and slow.
  • I've tried a paperclip to get the pits out. Slow.
  • I've tired of cutting the pits out.

Can I cook up the jam partially then run through a large mesh bag, to separate the pits? Maybe a woven polyester? What kind of mesh bag would be large enough to pass pulp, small enough to hold pits, strong enough to survive the twist and squeeze,and also food safe?

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I use nylon straining bags for making wine. You can get them in various sizes at homebrew stores. (for example: http://www.midwestsupplies.com/nylon-straining-bag-18-x-32-coarse-mesh.html) I'm sure they'd do the trick for what you need. Although this may only work for passing juice, you might inquire at your local homebrew store if they have a slightly larger mesh size.

  • Another thing I am thinking of is passing the pulp through a mesh strainer, one of those metal ones with slightly large openings. I don't know if you'll get a large enough mesh with cheesecloth or a straining bag for pulp, unless it's really runny. – lemontwist Jul 29 '12 at 12:54
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Nylon screen, from the hardware store, and butterfly netting, from the fabric store, have worked for me when I've dealt w similar separation problems. Both are reaonably cheap.

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