How to Pit Cherries Even If You Don’t Have a Cherry Pitter

If you think pitting cherries is the pits, you're not alone. Find out how to pit cherries with specialty tools and household staples.

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For fans of fresh, home-baked cherry pie, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is we’ve got a plethora of absolutely amazing fresh cherry recipes that will make the process of pitting cherries feel totally worth it. The bad news is that the process is long and arduous.

But does pitting cherries really have to be such a tedious process? The good news is no! You can pit cherries the easy way with or without the fancy pitter. Here’s how.

How to Pit Cherries with a Cherry Pitter

The standard cherry pitter grips the cherry, pokes the pit through swiftly, smoothly and easily. This pitter from Westmark allows you to thread the cherry, stem side down, onto the pitter and press the pit out in a moment, just like a hole puncher. It’s a worthy investment if you just can’t get enough of cherries. And who can with these tasty cooked cherry recipes?

Bottom line: This is the gadget you need if you’re serious about your cherry treats.

How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter

Photo of cherry berries in the wooden bowl on the wooden table and fruit pits near itShutterstock / Artem Malov

If you’re a casual cherry eater, or just don’t want to shell out for a cherry pitter, there are a few household staples you can turn to. Here are some of the most common methods:

How to pit cherries with a chopstick or skewer:

Use a chopstick to poke through cherries to remove the pit. If you’re working with a wooden skewer, be mindful of that sharp end!

How to pit cherries with a straw:

Your standard plastic straw might not be up to the job due to the cherry’s firm flesh, but if you have reusable straws—metal or hard plastic—make use of them! Like you would with a strawberry, push the straw up through the bottom of the cherry through the top. You’ll get rid of the pit and stem.

How to Pit Cherries With a Paperclip:

It’s definitely unusual, but a paperclip can be used to pit a cherry when you’re in a pinch. Simply unfold a paperclip and use one of the ends to dig into the cherry and pop the pit out.

Bottom line: If you don’t work with fresh cherries often, these hacks are good methods to rely upon (though a pitter is faster—it’s designed for the job!).

How to Use Pitted Cherries

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After washing and pitting your cherries, there are a ton of ways to put them to work. You can bake them into a cherry pie, simmer them into cherry jam or even make them savory, like this sweet onion and cherry pork chops recipe.

Next, learn how to buy and store fresh cherries.

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