What's the easiest way to pit cherries? That would depend on how many cherries you have on hand and how much money, if any, you are willing to spend on equipment.
This deliciously juicy fruit packs a lot of flavor and you'll want to make the most of cherry season. With that in mind, Fine Dining Lovers offers you advice on how to pit cherries without any fancy equipment but also provides suggestions on where to find the right tools for the job.
Cherry Pit Remover
Using a cherry pit remover is by far the easiest and neatest way to pit cherries. Cherry pitters come in different sizes - some are handheld while others are meant to process large patches of cherries.
OXO produces a small handheld cherry pitter that is perfect for small tasks and traps cherry juices in a compartment. Here is a quick demonstration of how this product works:
Buy the OXO cherry pitter here.
If you'd like to pit a few cherries at a time you may opt for a gadget like the Prep Works Cherry-It Pitter, which pits four cherries at a time.
Buy it here.
Another option for small batches of cherries is the Chef'n Cherry Jar Pitter. This nifty design traps the pits in the top compartment while the cherries and their juice fall into the jar.
Find it here.
How To Pit Cherries Without a Pitter
If you don't want to invest in a cherry pitter or you simply don't want one more utensil to clutter your kitchen try these easy alternatives:
Using A Kitchen Knife
In this case you would place the cherry on a cutting board and lightly press it with the flat side of the blade. The pressure will loosen the pit. The downside? The cherries will lose their shape and end up flat, which makes this method for ideal for desserts such as pies or cobblers.
The Toothpick Method
For this technique you'll be working over a bowl that will catch juices as you pit the cherries. Insert the sharp end of the toothpick into the cherry and scrape your way around the pit. Then use the thicker end of the toothpick to pop the cherry pit out.
Now that you've learned how to pit cherries try these tips for preserving this sweet summer fruit.