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  1. #1
    NT Guest

    Default Removing stones

    How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    make any significant progress.
    2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    Any ideas?


    NT

  2. #2
    atec77 Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On 18/10/2011 11:31 PM, NT wrote:
    > How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > make any significant progress.
    > 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    >
    > NT

    would an olive pitter do the job ?

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  3. #3
    Jen P. Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On 18/10/2011 14:36, atec77 wrote:
    > would an olive pitter do the job ?


    That was my first thought - a cherry/olive pitter. They're relatively
    inexpensive and - at least for cherries, which are wetter - quite quick
    and handy!

    -Jen


  4. #4
    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    In article <69439383-e23d-4419-aef2-cc21194bef02
    @g16g2000yqi.googlegroups.com>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > make any significant progress.
    > 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.
    >
    > Any ideas?


    I'd use my cherry stoner which is a little gadget with a ring to support
    the fruit and a prong to push through and prod out the stone.

    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/7096/Cherry-and-Olive-Stoner?
    src=gpute&gclid=CMr6k6K48qsCFUYe4Qodymupwg

    But if you're going to cook the sloes anyway you could just cook them
    with the stones in, the stones will mostly rise to the top so you can sift
    them out with a perforated ladle. That's what I used to do when making
    damson jam.

    Janet.

  5. #5
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Oct 18, 6:36*am, atec77 <ate...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > On 18/10/2011 11:31 PM, NT wrote:> How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > > stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > > cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > > 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > > make any significant progress.
    > > 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    >
    > > Any ideas?

    >
    > > NT

    >
    > would an olive pitter do the job ?
    >
    > --
    > X-No-Archive: Yes


    Or a chopstick...

  6. #6
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    NT <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    >stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    >cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    >1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    >make any significant progress.
    >2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.
    >
    >Any ideas?


    I would cook them whole, then the stones should practically fall out.
    Some people freeze them first, then remove the stones.
    You can try both methods with just a few and see what works for you.
    Don't eat the seeds, sloe seeds are toxic.

  7. #7
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > make any significant progress.
    > 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >

    No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it wasn't
    followed by "gin". What are you making?

    --
    All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

  8. #8
    John Smythe Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    sf wrote:
    > On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    >> stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    >> cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    >> 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    >> make any significant progress.
    >> 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.
    >>
    >> Any ideas?
    >>

    > No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it wasn't
    > followed by "gin". What are you making?


    Probably more than you ever wanted to know about the fruit "sloe"

    http://tinyurl.com/3rss4c9

    You are welcome



  9. #9
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    sf <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    >> stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    >> cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    >> 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    >> make any significant progress.
    >> 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.
    >>
    >> Any ideas?
    >>

    > No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it wasn't
    > followed by "gin". What are you making?


    Cherry sloe gin... it's what I drank once as a youngster experimenting with
    alcohol, and it was also the last time I ever drank the stuff. No need to go
    into the graphic details.

    MartyB



  10. #10
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Oct 18, 10:55*am, "John Smythe" <johnsmy...@prodigey.com> wrote:
    > sf wrote:
    > > On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <meow2...@care2.com>
    > > wrote:

    >
    > >> How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > >> stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > >> cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > >> 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > >> make any significant progress.
    > >> 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    >
    > >> Any ideas?

    >
    > > No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it wasn't
    > > followed by "gin". *What are you making?

    >
    > Probably more than you ever wanted to know about the fruit "sloe"
    >
    > http://tinyurl.com/3rss4c9
    >
    > You are welcome


    LOL- I clicked on the provided link-thank you, that was quite funny!

  11. #11
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:18:29 -0700 (PDT), merryb <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > On Oct 18, 10:55*am, "John Smythe" <johnsmy...@prodigey.com> wrote:
    > > sf wrote:
    > > > On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <meow2...@care2.com>
    > > > wrote:

    > >
    > > >> How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > > >> stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > > >> cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > > >> 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > > >> make any significant progress.
    > > >> 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    > >
    > > >> Any ideas?

    > >
    > > > No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it wasn't
    > > > followed by "gin". *What are you making?

    > >
    > > Probably more than you ever wanted to know about the fruit "sloe"
    > >
    > > http://tinyurl.com/3rss4c9
    > >
    > > You are welcome

    >
    > LOL- I clicked on the provided link-thank you, that was quite funny!


    I'll add that old Steee.... er, Johnny ("meow2") did not answer the
    question, but he demonstrated yet again that he is not only an
    asshole, he's a jackass too.

    --
    All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

  12. #12
    NT Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Oct 18, 4:39*pm, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    > NT <meow2...@care2.com> wrote:
    >
    > >How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > >stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > >cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > >1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > >make any significant progress.
    > >2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    >
    > >Any ideas?

    >
    > I would cook them whole, then the stones should practically fall out.
    > Some people freeze them first, then remove the stones.
    > You can try both methods with just a few and see what works for you.
    > Don't eat the seeds, sloe seeds are toxic.


    My first attempt was cook the lot then remove the stones, but its
    barely possible, the things set like eggs.

    I'll investigate an olive pitter, I really want something faster for
    bulk though. I think for batch 2 I'll try squashing some raw and see
    if they're easier to separate then, hopefully they will be.

    Thanks, NT

  13. #13
    NT Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Oct 18, 6:09*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <meow2...@care2.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    > > How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > > stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > > cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > > 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > > make any significant progress.
    > > 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    >
    > > Any ideas?

    >
    > No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it wasn't
    > followed by "gin". *What are you making?


    sour pickle, curry, sloe & apple pie.


    NT

  14. #14
    merryb Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Oct 18, 6:35*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:18:29 -0700 (PDT), merryb <msg...@juno.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Oct 18, 10:55*am, "John Smythe" <johnsmy...@prodigey.com> wrote:
    > > > sf wrote:
    > > > > On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <meow2...@care2.com>
    > > > > wrote:

    >
    > > > >> How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > > > >> stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > > > >> cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > > > >> 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > > > >> make any significant progress.
    > > > >> 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    >
    > > > >> Any ideas?

    >
    > > > > No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it wasn't
    > > > > followed by "gin". *What are you making?

    >
    > > > Probably more than you ever wanted to know about the fruit "sloe"

    >
    > > >http://tinyurl.com/3rss4c9

    >
    > > > You are welcome

    >
    > > LOL- I clicked on the provided link-thank you, that was quite funny!

    >
    > I'll add that old Steee.... er, Johnny ("meow2") did not answer the
    > question, but he demonstrated yet again that he is not only an
    > asshole, he's a jackass too.
    >
    > --
    > All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.


    Maybe, but the Google thing was hilarious!

  15. #15
    John Smythe Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    merryb wrote:
    > On Oct 18, 6:35 pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    >> On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:18:29 -0700 (PDT), merryb <msg...@juno.com>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Oct 18, 10:55 am, "John Smythe" <johnsmy...@prodigey.com> wrote:
    >>>> sf wrote:
    >>>>> On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <meow2...@care2.com>
    >>>>> wrote:

    >>
    >>>>>> How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    >>>>>> stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped
    >>>>>> for cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    >>>>>> 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too
    >>>>>> dry/stiff to make any significant progress.
    >>>>>> 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    >>
    >>>>>> Any ideas?

    >>
    >>>>> No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it
    >>>>> wasn't followed by "gin". What are you making?

    >>
    >>>> Probably more than you ever wanted to know about the fruit "sloe"

    >>
    >>>> http://tinyurl.com/3rss4c9

    >>
    >>>> You are welcome

    >>
    >>> LOL- I clicked on the provided link-thank you, that was quite
    >>> funny!

    >>
    >> I'll add that old Steee.... er, Johnny ("meow2") did not answer the
    >> question, but he demonstrated yet again that he is not only an
    >> asshole, he's a jackass too.
    >>
    >> --
    >> All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't
    >> hurt.

    >
    > Maybe, but the Google thing was hilarious!


    Thank you very much. You may use it. ;-)

    sf didn't even check out any of the links on the page that it led to. Th
    answer was there for her, down about 3rd or 4th. She's just pissed that she
    thinks that I am someone that I am not. She's also very pissed at the
    entire world that, despite being a former school teacher, she actually
    knows practically nothing about the real world and how it works. Or,
    that's what it seems as reflected in most of her posts. Almost makes Andy
    and Jill look like super scholars. I said ALMOST!




  16. #16
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:22:16 -0700 (PDT), merryb <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Maybe, but the Google thing was hilarious!


    You're acting like you've never seen it before.

    --
    All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

  17. #17
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Wed, 19 Oct 2011 04:15:53 -0700 (PDT), NT <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > On Oct 18, 6:09*pm, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > > On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <meow2...@care2.com>
    > > wrote:
    > >
    > > > How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > > > stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > > > cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > > > 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > > > make any significant progress.
    > > > 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    > >
    > > > Any ideas?

    > >
    > > No idea, but this is the first time I've heard "sloe" when it wasn't
    > > followed by "gin". *What are you making?

    >
    > sour pickle, curry, sloe & apple pie.
    >

    In that case you're wasting your time taking the pits out. Leave them
    in for added crunch.

    --
    All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

  18. #18
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Wed, 19 Oct 2011 04:00:54 -0700 (PDT), NT <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Oct 18, 4:39*pm, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
    >> NT <meow2...@care2.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    >> >stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    >> >cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    >> >1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    >> >make any significant progress.
    >> >2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    >>
    >> >Any ideas?

    >>
    >> I would cook them whole, then the stones should practically fall out.
    >> Some people freeze them first, then remove the stones.
    >> You can try both methods with just a few and see what works for you.
    >> Don't eat the seeds, sloe seeds are toxic.

    >
    >My first attempt was cook the lot then remove the stones, but its
    >barely possible, the things set like eggs.


    Maybe you didn't simmer them long enough, could also be that they
    weren't ripe enough when harvested... where did you get them, they're
    not typically available at the local greengrocer. I have a neighbor
    who picks the fruit from my hawthorne tree, he makes some sort of
    alcholic drink with them. He picks hawthorne fruit from several of
    the neighbors trees. I've no idea what he really does with them as I
    don't understand Czechoslovakian and he barely speaks English. If you
    know anything about hawthorn trees you'd not relish attempting to pick
    their fruit... he doesn't get very much anyway, maybe a half gallon
    pailful... the wild birds take the rest, they somehow know exactly
    when they're perfectly ripe.


  19. #19
    sueb Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Oct 18, 7:28*am, Janet <H...@invalid.net> wrote:
    > In article <69439383-e23d-4419-aef2-cc21194bef02
    > @g16g2000yqi.googlegroups.com>, meow2...@care2.com says...
    >
    >
    >
    > > How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    > > stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    > > cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    > > 1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    > > make any significant progress.
    > > 2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.

    >
    > > Any ideas?

    >
    > * I'd use my cherry stoner which is a little gadget with a ring to support
    > the fruit and a prong to push through and prod out the stone.
    >
    > http://www.lakeland.co.uk/7096/Cherry-and-Olive-Stoner?
    > src=gpute&gclid=CMr6k6K48qsCFUYe4Qodymupwg
    >
    > *But *if you're going to cook the sloes anyway you could just cook them
    > with the stones in, the stones will mostly rise to the top so you can sift
    > them out with a perforated ladle. That's what I used to do when making
    > damson jam.
    >
    > * Janet.


    This is going to sound odd and won't help the OP, but the easiest way
    to get
    stones out of cherries is to use a paperclip. I had to try it to
    become a
    believer.

    Susan B.

  20. #20
    Terry Guest

    Default Re: Removing stones

    On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT), NT <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >How do folks here remove stones from fruit? I need to remove 1/4"
    >stones from 1/2" sloes, and a fair quantity. It'll all be pulped for
    >cooking. So far I've tried 2 approaches:
    >1. Mash it through sieve. Unfortunately the pulp is too dry/stiff to
    >make any significant progress.
    >2. Use a fork to separate pulp from stone: very slow.
    >
    >Any ideas?
    >
    >
    >NT


    The wife bought a bunch of cherries and used a regular-sized paper
    clip to separate the pit from the fruit. Down through the stem end,
    around the pit, back out. I don't know how that would work for sloe
    berries, but it's a cheap trial.
    --
    Best -- Terry

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