Quick Tip: How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter

Posted by Jennifer Lee on May 21, 2012 5 Comments

Pitting cherries can be as easy as child's play! Here's a simple way to pit cherries without a pitter. 

A cherry pitter may be a convenient gadget when it comes to making cherry pie, but in the service of clutter control it's a kitchen tool that I can live without. Instead, when cherry season is in full swing we use a simple tool that's already in our kitchen: a pastry tip. My kids love this pitting project -- but be warned, it can get messy! Be sure to wear clothes that can handle a stain or two.

How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter

Step 1: Wash the cherries. Find a pastry tip, preferably star shaped.

How to pit cherries without a pitter: Step 1

 

Step 2: Remove the stems.

how to pit cherries without a pitter: step 2

 

Step 3: Place the cherry, stem side down, on top of the pastry tip. Press gently and presto, out pops the pit!

how to pit cherries without a pitter: step 3


Step 4: Enjoy!

how to pit cherries without a pitter: step 4


Do you have a trick for how to pit cherries without a pitter? Share your tips!

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Comments (5 Comments)

Posted by Renee on September 07, 2012

I also used the round end of the bobby pin. Always works great.

Posted by Batyah on September 07, 2012

you can use a straw too. those “glass” ones most people have now work great!

Posted by Katsie72 on September 07, 2012

I grew up baking with my mom and we always used bobby pins (the round side) for cherry pitting! Easy and always had them around!

Posted by Jennifer on May 25, 2012

No kidding! I generally try to avoid “single use” kitchen tools — it helps keep down on kitchen clutter! Glad this simple tip was helpful to you :)

Posted by Kate on May 24, 2012

This is so great! I had a cherry pitter on my ‘maybe for some birthday or other’ list, but I love not buying unnecessary new things! Thank you so much.

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