In anticipation of The Great Cherry Pie Challenge, I decided to see what Kevin was getting himself into; he claims he can pit enough cherries for a pie in 15 minutes or less. I’m convinced it’s more labor intensive than that, especially now that I see that no one can even agree on the best method for pitting. Check out this vid from the good people at Whole Foods with 4 separate techniques!
And there’s this interesting method illustrated in lifehaker that came to us via our friend Susie Tenant:
Initially Kevin claimed he’d be able to do it with nothing but his thumb, but when he arrived, he came armed with a paperclip. He googled techniques, too! There’s the competitor I know and love. He stood over the sink with 2 lbs of Bings we’d bought at the farmer’s market this morning, I set the timer and he was off. See how he did right here:
He did it, of course, and I had to swallow my pride and tell him he was the winner. Kevin always wins! But as Kevin mentions, it wasn’t easy. Perhaps that’s why when I read up on Cherry Pie recipes, most of them called for canned or frozen. I had no idea! I did find this recipe that called for fresh cherries.
Because Kevin rose to the challenge, I tried to up my game, too. Not only have I never made a Cherry Pie, but (true confession) I’ve never made a lattice topped pie. So Kevin and I went back to the web and watched a little demonstration and then we went at it.
(And the pie came out of the oven, Kevin cried, “Oh my god!”)
So that got me thinking, maybe this is a new way to manoeuver Kevin into helping me in the kitchen more often. “There’s no way you can shave 3 cups of chocolate in 10 minutes?” “It’s not humanly possible to peel 3 pounds of apples in less that an hour.” I like this; this is how you turn losing into an advantage. This is a strategy. Kevin should be proud. Now, how do I get Kevin not to read this blog?
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