How to easily pit cherries without a pitter (VIDEO included)

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

Cherries and chopsticks

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

  1. Stem cherry

    If there is a stem, remove itRemoving stem from cherry

  2. 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.Putting cherry on empty bottle to pit it

  3. 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 holeSecuring cherry to pit it

  4. 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.Pitting cherry with chopstick

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.

3 cherries and chopstick
5 from 2 votes

How to pit cherries without a pitter

A quick and easy trick to pit a cherry without squirting juice
Print Recipe
Prep Time:1 min
Total Time:1 min

Equipment

  • Empty sturdy bottle
  • Chopstick (or any other long and stiff item)

Ingredients

  • Fresh cherries

Instructions

  • Remove stem from the cherry.
    Removing stem from cherry
  • Place the cherry on the mouth of an empty bottle (the spot where the stem used to be facing up).
    Putting cherry on empty bottle to pit it
  • Hold on the cherry gently, but firmly with one hand as with the other, you place the chopstick into the stem hole.
    Securing cherry to pit it
  • Press the chopstick down until it break through the cherry and push the pit out. The pit will fall into the bottle.
    Pitting cherry with chopstick

Video

Notes

If you find it too difficult to come through the cherry, maybe your chopstick is too broad or too narrow: it’s the easiest when using something in a similar size (or slightly smaller) as the pit.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Healthy
Keyword: cherry
Servings: 1 Cherry
Calories: 5kcal

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:

I hope you find this trick helpful. Please let me know how it worked for you and what your favorite recipes with cherries are!

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