Tools & Equipment

How To Pit Cherries The Best Way + Favorite Tools

July 2, 2018

Avoid crunching down on pits by learning my tips for how to pit cherries. Try one of my favorite (and affordable) tools for success with this method for the best way to pit cherries.
tray of cherries with title of "How to Pit Cherries + Cherry Recipes"

For many people, cherries are the pits.  Literally. It can be time consuming to remove the pits from every single cherry, and many people don’t want to risk accidentally swallowing one while snacking.  While there are many unusual methods for pitting cherries (like using chopsticks, a paper clip, or a wine bottle), the best way to pit cherries is with a cherry pitter.  This small investment will make your life much easier. Trust me.  Keep reading and find out my favorite tools for how to pit cherries easily.

Favorite Cherry Pitters to Buy

One of the perks of working at Williams-Sonoma was that I got to try almost every kitchen tool out there.  If you’re wondering what to use to pit cherries, these are the ones I recommend through tried and true experience:

For small batches or snacking go HERE.  This one is compact, comfortable, has a splash shield, and locks to take up less room in your drawer.

For freezing, jam, pie filling, or large batches (more than 5-10 pounds at a time), go HERE.  I usually remove the pits of around 100 pounds of cherries during the month of July every year, and this tool is a lifesaver.  It’s a little larger than I would like, but it makes the work go quickly and efficiently.

Tips For How To Pit Cherries with a Cherry Pitter

To pit a cherry with a cherry pitter, simply place the stem end of the cherry upright in the pitter and press down.  The sharp metal part will go through the flesh and push out the pit through the bottom. Through many years of cherry pitting, here are a few tips I’ve learned on how to pit cherries:

  • Splash Zone.  All handheld cherry pitters will still splash you with juice, regardless of their splashguard.  To avoid this, pit your cherry over a deep receptacle (like a plastic cup), and cover most of the opening with your free hand.  Your laundry will thank you.
  • Check It Twice.  Even the best cherry pitter will leave behind the occasional pit.  Double check your cherries before cooking, baking, or serving them.  In my Cherries Jubilee cherry pie recipe, out of the two pounds of cherries I pitted, eight of them still had pits I had to remove.  You can test for pits with your fingers, or just simply cut them in half on a cutting board before serving.

Practice Makes Perfect: Recipes Using Cherries

Now that you know how to pit cherries, here are some of my favorite recipes to use them up!

  • Cherries Jubilee Cherry Pie á la Mode. (coming soon!)
  • Cedar Plank Grilled Pork Chops with a Cherry-Sage Sauce. (coming soon!)
  • Red Wine Poached Chocolate Covered Cherries. (coming soon!)
  • Chocolate Fudge Cherry Cake (coming soon!)
  • Rosemary Grilled Chicken & Cherry Salad. (coming soon!)
  • Chipotle Cherry Whiskey Smash Cocktail (coming soon!)
  • Spicy Stone Fruit Salad. (coming soon!)


Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Cooking! 🙂

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