How To Pit Cherries Without A Cherry Pitter

Cherry season has arrived!  Let’s all give a hip-hip-hooray!  Today I want to share a tip I learned years ago from The Martha about pitting cherries without one of those handy-dandy cherry pitters.  If I had a cherry tree of my own, I’d buy one.  But this is good enough for us occasional pitters.

How To Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter:

If you have a cherry pitter, awesome. If you don’t, allow me to show you something I learned from the all powerful Martha a few years ago. Use a pastry tip. Brilliant!

I just used a small round tip.  All you have to do is insert the tip into either end of the cherry–the stem end works best, press firmly, and voila! The pit comes out the other end.

I won’t lie–it probably took me a good 45 minutes to pit all those cherries you see in that measuring cup.

My favorite cherry recipes:

White Cherry, Honey, Yogurt Sorbet
Fresh Cherry Pie
Black Forrest Cake (can use jarred or fresh cherries)


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  1. Great idea! I don’t pit cherries often, so I’ve never invested in a cherry pitter. This will come in handy for the times I wish I had one, though!

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