Pitting Cherries

Pitting Cherries

by The Recipe Diva     Jul 10, 2012
While my favorite way to get the pit out of a cherry is to eat the cherry and spit out the pit, this method doesn't work so well when you need the cherries for other dishes!
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The quickest and most efficient way to pit a cherry is with a cherry pitter, a small tool that is also used to pit olives.  However, not everyone wants to spend the money on another culinary tool, doesn't have the room to store so many kitchen gadgets, or would just rather use something they already have around the house.

Here are a few alternative methods that you can use to get hat pit out!

  • Poke a toothpick into the stem end of the cherry until you feel the pit. ¬†Carve around the pit with the toothpick and pop out the pit.
  • Push a drinking straw into the stem end of the cherry and pop the pit out of the other side.
  • Use a small paring knife to carve the pit out.
  • Push the pit through the cherry using a chopstick through the stem end.

Keep in mind... this will be a messy job no matter what!

Now that you have your perfectly pitted cherries, try our Cherry Clafoutis, Spiced Pork with Pinot Noir & Cherry Sauce, and Macaroon Cherry Tart.

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