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How to Pit Cherries without a Cherry Pitter | One Quick Tip

Don’t have a cherry pitter? Not to worry! Learn how to pit cherries without a cherry pitter using two items you probably have in your kitchen!

bowl of summer cherries and how to pit cherries tutorial
How to Pit Cherries without a Cherry Pitter | One Quick Tip

Don’t have a cherry pitter? Not to worry! Learn how to pit cherries without a cherry pitter using two items you probably have in your kitchen!

It’s cherry season, and you know what that means, right?

Lots of pits.

That is, there are a lot of pits if you plan on making something sweet from the cherries you’ve scored from the market or cherry farm! Homemade cherry pop tarts, perhaps? Rhubarb cherry crisp?

Well, pitting cherries doesn’t have to be the pits if you don’t have a cherry pitter! You probably have just what you need to get baking sooner, without having to buy a cherry pitter.

how to pit cherries without a cherry pitter using a straw or decorating tip!

If you have a sturdy straw (like these stainless steel metal straws) or a decorating tip, you can pit cherries. Even chopsticks work!

Simply insert the straw or decorating tip into the spot where the stem attaches to the cherry, and working over a bowl, push through until you feel the pit. Continue pushing until the pit pops out — sometimes, depending on how firm the cherries are, it helps to push against a cutting board.

I love using a decorating/pastry tip — I slip the wide end on my thumb like a thimble and push the pits out using the pointy end!

Tips on how to use a straw or decorating tip to pit cherries without a cherry pitter.

And that’s it! I will admit, I do have and love my cherry pitter, but this was how I used pit cherries before I bought one, and it’s what I do when I can’t seem to find my cherry pitter, which, embarrassingly, happens sometimes.

So now that you’ve pitted those cherries, you’re going to need some recipes!

Cherry Recipes

Cherry Nutella Scones
Cherry Rolls
Churro Doughnut Holes with Ice Cream and Cherry Chipotle Sauce
Cherry Basil Sorbet
Cherry Dutch Baby Pancake with Pecan Streusel

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How to Pit Cherries without a Cherry Pitter

Don't have a cherry pitter? Not to worry! Learn how to pit cherries without a cherry pitter using two items you probably have in your kitchen!
bowl of summer cherries and how to pit cherries tutorial
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Ingredients

  • cherries
  • straw or decorating tip

Instructions

  • Insert the straw or decorating tip into cherry where stem was attached.
  • Push through until you make contact with the pit.
  • Continue pushing until the pit pops out!
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  1. Dan

    My kid and I specialize in what we call guy pie. You May askwhat is guy pie. It all started with fresh blueberries and blueberry filling with a graham crracker crust. Throwint eh freshh blueberries and cover with the blueberry filling and voila!!! Guy Pie. Put it inthe fridge for a while and smother it with cool whip or whipped cream. Absolutely delicious and refreshing!!!! So I was looking at alternatives to blueberries and I think blackcherries would work. Just needto pit them!!!!

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    • Ginger Gilreath

      5 stars
      Did not have a metal straw or decorating tip, but I did have a spice jar funnel (random, I know), and it worked great!

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      • Nigel Blumenthal

        4 stars
        Same here. I’m making Cherries Jubilee for the Platinum Jubilee weekend and first day lunch for (the Jewish festival of) Shavuot, I really wasn’t enjoying usng a chopstck, which often glances off the pit and messes everything u, but then I had a look thrugh our drawer and came across this metal funnel; I guess it what Ginger called a spice funnel. Worked a treat, since the pit didn’t slide anywhere when being pushed by the straight end, and the end of the funnel had the effect of gripping the pit and making the whole thing easier. 15 minutes for 700 grams of cherries. Not bad, huh?

      • Liren Baker

        Ah, a spice funnel is a great idea! You made quick work of 700 g of cherries! And I bet the cherries jubilee was wonderful!

  2. Pooga

    Being a DIY home renovator, I have the perfecrtperfecrt tool. A 1/8″ nail punch. Works like a charm!

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  3. Stephanie M.

    5 stars
    Thanks for the great cherry pitting tips! I didn’t have a pitter, or a cake decorating tip, but I DID have a small, metal funnel and it worked like a charm!

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