Tip of the Week: A Simpler Way to Pit Cherries

October 7, 2015
by Annalise Mantz for Thrive Market
Tip of the Week: A Simpler Way to Pit Cherries

Whether in cherries jubilee,  gluten-free chocolate-cherry torte, or fresh from the farmers market, ripe, juicy cherries are hard to beat.

The one downside of this sweet fruit? The annoying pit right in the center of their juicy flesh. You've got to deal with it somehow, and carefully paring each and every cherry can be absurdly time consuming.

But there's no need to buy some fancy contraption or slave away at the cutting board for ages—you most likely already have everything you need to neatly and easily pit cherries.

Either a straw or a chopstick will work perfectly in this method. First, wash and dry the cherries. Then, press the straw or chopstick into the stem-end of a cherry. When you hit the pit, press harder until it shoots out the other end of the cherry. If you're using a chopstick, make your first hole with the smaller end, then switch to the larger end to fully remove the pit.

Pro tip: Work over a small bowl to catch the cherry pits. Since ripe cherries are very juicy, make sure to cover up with an apron or old t-shirt to avoid stains.

Preserve summer cherries all the way through the winter by freezing your juicy loot—a fresh cherry pie is a surefire way to stun holiday guests!

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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  • sallie matthews

    There is NO way a regular straw will work. I tried this "hack" for strawberries, and the straw bent. Maybe a stainless steel straw would work, but not a plastic one.

  • window00

    Honestly, putting it in one's mouth and spitting out the pit works faster than cutting a straw in half and pushing it out or using two ends of a chopstick. Maybe if one were making a salad with cherries or serving someone without teeth, these techniques would be more efficient.