A quick trick to pit cherries with two items you probably already have
I love eating fresh cherries on their own, but where I live, the cherry season is quite short. So, when they are at their sweetest and cheapest, I freeze some, so I have some supply for shakes.
And for better convenience, it’s really recommended to pit them before freezing.
I know there are cherry pitters on the market, but I don’t want to buy a kitchen tool I’ll only use a couple of times in year, so it was a bless to learn about the trick I’ll show you on this post.
Pitted cherries are also really nice if you have small kids at home or when you get a mouth sore (actually, the original reason why I looked at ways to pit cherries was because I got a sore tongue a couple of summer ago, and it was very painful to remove cherry pits in the mouth).
What you’ll need to pit cherries without a cherry pitter
If like me, you try to maintain your kitchen gadgets to the minimum, you can absolutely pit cherries in a clean and easy way without having to buy a cherry pitter.
You’ll only need:
- an empty, sturdy bottle – I use a water glass bottle, but it also works with a empty wine bottle or a beer bottle
- chopstick – or a long and stiff equivalent, like a sturdy straw or a pencil
An easy trick to pit a cherry without a pitter
Pitting cherries with this trick requires some (really, really little) practice, and after pitting one or two, you’ll find the sweet spot for it.
I’m sure, it will take you much shorter to master how to pit your cherries than it took me to write this.
Time needed: 1 minute.
How to pit a cherry with a chopstick
- Stem cherry
If there is a stem, remove it
- Place cherry on a bottle
Place the cherry on the mouth of an empty bottle, with the spot where the stem used to be facing up.
- Secure cherry and chopstick position
Hold on the cherry gently, but firmly with one hand as with the other, you place the chopstick into the stem hole
- Push pit out
Press the chopstick down until it break through the cherry and push the pit out. The pit will fall into the bottle.
You can also watch in this video how to remove pits from cherries without a mess with no squashing, skewering, or bleeding of red juices, while also keeping the cherries whole.
How to pit cherries without a pitter
- Empty sturdy bottle
- Chopstick (or any other long and stiff item)
- Fresh cherries
- Remove stem from the cherry.
- Place the cherry on the mouth of an empty bottle (the spot where the stem used to be facing up).
- Hold on the cherry gently, but firmly with one hand as with the other, you place the chopstick into the stem hole.
- Press the chopstick down until it break through the cherry and push the pit out. The pit will fall into the bottle.
What to do with pitted cherries
A summertime favorite, cherries are not only perfect for snacking on their own or adding to salads and desserts.
Here are some awesome recipes that use pitted cherries as an ingredient: