How to Pit Cherries

Today’s easy how-to, How To Pit Cherries, is a quick trick that is great for end-of-summer or beginning-of-fall baking. If you have a cherry pitter, life is truly just a bowl of cherries.

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In my house, there are a few foods that once sat out on the counter, will disappear in a matter of minutes…

Watermelon slices, pistachios, cherries.

For snacking, I usually sit out a bowl of fresh rinsed cherries with a little “spit bowl” next to it for the pits. The kids will pop them one by one, until the whole bowl is empty and their mouths are dyed red.

Can you blame them? The tart, yet deep sweet undertones of ripe cherries make them hard to resist.

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When baking or cooking with cherries, pitting is a necessary evil, to ensure no one in your family breaks a tooth in mid-bite.

There are a few ways to pit cherries but the easiest is to invest in a cherry pitter. (These are also great for pitting olives!)

Let me show you…

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How to Pit Cherries

Place the cherry in the cherry pitter with the stem down and PRESS. Viola!

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If you don’t have a cherry pitter, your other option is you use a pair of clean tweezers.

This works well if you are trying to keep the stem attached, but does take a bit more effort.

Simply poke the tweezers into the bottom of the cherry and surgically remove the pit. It may take you some practice to grab it–pits are slippery little suckers.

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I’d go with the pitter. It’s so fun to use, the kids will be begging to help in the kitchen.

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28 comments on “How to Pit Cherries

  1. Shainaposted September 12, 2013 at 10:06 am Reply

    I so need a cherry pitter.

  2. Marlyposted September 12, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply

    We have a cherry tree (used to have two until one of them died) and I always used a (cleaned off) needle nose plier. It worked well, but was hard on the hands. This little tool looks a lot better!

  3. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted September 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm Reply

    I need a cherry pitter. The first time I baked a fresh cherry pie, I didn’t remove the pits! FAIL!

  4. Nikki @Seeded at the Tableposted September 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm Reply

    Great tips! I do love my OXO single pitter, and also have another brand that pits FOUR at a time! You know, for pigs like me that want to eat four cherries at a time… ;) Beautiful photos!!

  5. Jenny Flakeposted September 6, 2013 at 8:47 am Reply

    Love this Sommer! Pretty pictures too!!

  6. Carolynposted September 6, 2013 at 4:33 am Reply

    I love my OXO cherry pitter, that thing is awesome!

  7. DessertForTwoposted September 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm Reply

    The minute we moved to California and noticed a cherry tree in our yard, I bought a cherry pitter. I love that thing!

  8. Aimeeposted September 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply

    I pretty much adore my cherry pitter. Great tutorial, Sommer!

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted September 5, 2013 at 6:13 am Reply

    Pinned! I actually hate my cherry pitter. It never works for me. Always misses the pit or just sprays juice everywhere..LOL I think I need to get a new one!

  10. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted September 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm Reply

    That is what I need to buy…thanks for the info.

  11. Marian (Sweetopia)posted September 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

    Such a useful and informative post! Thank you!

  12. Carolineposted September 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm Reply

    I love my oxo cherry pitter! I have been using a very old vintage one for years, but this oxo pitter is so much easier and neater! I love your tip for putting the cherry in stem down…I’ll need to try that!

  13. Mariaposted September 4, 2013 at 7:32 pm Reply

    A great tool to have!

  14. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted September 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Pitter is my go-to kitchen tool. Love it!

  15. Pennyposted September 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm Reply

    I have a cherry pitter but do not use it very often. I am usually pitting them after picking tons and I use a straw. Same idea – just push the straw through pushing the pit out and can do a string of them without stopping.

  16. Samposted September 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm Reply

    I once had one for a day and broke it on the first olive I pipped. This one looks a lot more sturdy and agree, it’s totally necessary.

  17. Gabyposted September 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm Reply

    omg it’s totally a necessary evil! but they are worth every minute of pitting!

  18. ashley - Baker by Natureposted September 4, 2013 at 11:38 am Reply

    You are definitely the “how-to” queen! Love it!

  19. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted September 4, 2013 at 10:46 am Reply

    I’d definitely recommend a cherry pitter. I got one a few years ago and use it often.

  20. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted September 4, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply

    Um, this is a life savor! Cherries and I don’t see eye to eye most days, but this cherry pitter could definitely help our friendship!

  21. Jeanetteposted September 4, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply

    I don’t have a cherry putter but I’ve used a chopstick to remove cherry pits. Love the tweezer idea.

  22. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 4, 2013 at 9:40 am Reply

    I’d be lost without my cherry pitter for baking up fresh cherry desserts in the summer! Our favorite is a fresh cherry pie with lattice crust.

  23. Tammelaposted September 4, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    I have another cherry pitting technique that I learned from a Ukrainian friend: widen the loop of a bobby pin, then work it into the cherry from the stem indent. Feel around for the pit with the pin, then scoop/pop it out.

    • Sommerposted September 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm Reply

      Awesome, I’ll have to try that!

  24. Heather Christoposted September 4, 2013 at 7:52 am Reply

    fantastic tips Sommer- I love a pitter!!

  25. Julie @ Table for Twoposted September 4, 2013 at 7:39 am Reply

    I LOVE LOVE my cherry pitter. I seriously don’t know where I’d be without it. Makes cherry recipes so easy!!

  26. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted September 4, 2013 at 7:17 am Reply

    I have to get one of those! It is really annoying doing it by hand with a knife! :)

  27. marlaposted September 4, 2013 at 6:39 am Reply

    Very helpful post ~ LOVE cherries!