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Four Ways To Pit A Cherry

We’re going cherry crazy around here! A few Whole Foods Market team members got together to give you some quick tips on making the cherry pitting process a little easier. You can try these methods in some of our great cherry recipes like these: Got a favorite way to pit cherries? Let us know!

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JT says …

I just saw a cool little gizmo at Bed Bath and Beyond that pits 4 cherries at once with no splatter or juice loss. There's even a video. I want one.

Erika - In Erika's Kitchen says …

I am in love with my OXO cherry pitter! My favorite way to pit cherries is to hand my cherry pitter to my 11-year-old son and say "Please?" He's a good sous chef!

SoySauce says …

I like the 2nd pitting!

Polly Toeller says …

I like the paper clip method. Quick, easy, no mess and you don't have to buy any special tools.

Kitchen Butterfly says …

Last weekend, faced with a bowl of cherries and no cherry pitter, I got on google, came up with a test list and tried a few different methods. All methods are based on the premise that your cherries have been rinsed and de-stalked. 1)My method of the moment(it minimises cherry juice loss) has you use a drinking straw or a small pipe, the same size as a drinking straw (it will be stronger). I used a flag pole from a toy flag my kids had. Anyhow, press the straw/pipe through the top of the cherry (the bit you remove the stalk from) and and push the seed out, ensuring you're doing this over a bowl to catch whatever juices might want to slip away. 2) Using a hair pin, similar to the paper clip. You insert the curved end through the top and scoop the seed out. While it worked, I think more of the juices were lost than with the straw. 3) Using the top end of a long vegetable peeler I haven't tried this as I don't currently have that type of veggie peeler but it apparently works well. 4)If all else fails, get a cherry pitter. OXO send me one, please. Or Wholefoods :-)!

Julie Fulton says …

Instead of a drinking straw, use a chopstick to push the seed out and into a bowl. You'll retain more of the fruit because the flesh of the fruit won't get stuck inside the straw.

Marcia says …

I picked cherries recently at a local farm and, after discovering they weren't as good as they looked, decided to make a dessert with them. I had never baked with cherries before and don't own a pitter, so I improvised with a pair of tweezers. I simply cut a small slit across the stem end and pulled the pits out. It was easy and left the cherries intact (and the dessert was a hit!).

Dennis says …

Cherry pitter for the win for sure! That Catie method was terrible.."all you need is a knife, a cutting board, 50 hours and you'll be able to pit 15 cherries"

Kathleen says …

THANKS CJ!!! That's a great technique and no matter whose house I may be at, they're bound to have a paper clip around. Great tip to share with our children when they call for cooking advice.

Michele says …

OXO cherry pitter is the way to go! Best $12.95 I ever spent. I too have an 11 year old that is always happy and willing when I hand him a bowl full of cherries and the pitter. Can't imagine doing it any other way.

liz says …

Love the paperclip idea. Easy. Cheap. Ready when I am :)

Rita says …

The paper clip method got me. Now I won't mind buying the fresh cherries I like so much. Thanks

Brin says …

When I buy cherries, I quickly pop them into my mouth one by one, spitting out the seeds. It's the fastest method I know!

Kenneth E. Willis says …

I have an antique cast iron cherry pitter I no longer use. It is cast iron and mounts on the side of a table. It works well and if anyone wants it I will sell it for $15. It is at least 90 years old...It has a hopper and a hand crank to crank out the cherries minus their pits...

Marion O'Neill says …

These all seem to be good ways to pit cherries. I can't wait to try the paperclip method! I have never seen that one.

Donna Seranko says …

Using a regular size straw,press down thru top of cherry. Pretty clean & simple!