Do you have a cherry pitter? Do you know how to pit cherries without a cherry pitter? Have you ever thought about it?
I bought fresh cherries to make a cherry pie, without a clue of how I was going to remove the pits from the cherries. I figured I would just buy a cherry pitter from Wal-Mart. Turns out Wal-Mart had a very nice 6 Cherry: Cherry Pitter. It was all kinds of dandy until I scanned it for a price and learned that it was $13!! I was shocked to say the least. If it cost $5 maybe I would have purchased it, but I wasn’t going to pay that kind of money for something that has no other use. Besides that I had no idea when I would ever use a cherry pitter again. It’s not like you eat cherries all year round. I decided I would make do with what I had at home to remove the pits.
Fortunately for me, I had just seen something online about how to pit cherries without a pitter. Of course the most obvious was is to take a pairing knife and cut them out, but I didn’t want to do that. I wanted the cherry to be as whole as possible, like the ones you get in canned cherry pie filling.
The only three options I had were to 1) cut the cherry with a knife, which I just said I didn’t want to do. 2) Use a pastry tip for a piping bag and 3) Use a chopstick: poke a poke the larger end of a chopstick into the stem end of the cherry and push the pit out the other side. Having no luck whatsoever with this technique, I return to the pastry tip method.
The pastry tip was a little shaky at first. The instructions I found said to use a star tip, but once I tried the sharper tip (for making leaves shown in the picture above). The “V” shape created a slot that the pit went down into making it easier to push out. I got the hang of the technique and the pits began to pile up!
Here are the steps for Pitting Cherries Without a Pitter
Step 1: Wash the cherries.
Step 2: Choose a pastry tip you are comfortable with. (I chose a sharp one, but a dull one still works)
Step 3: Remove the stem.
Step 4: Place the cherry, stem side down, on top of the pastry tip. Using even pressure, press gently down onto the pastry tip. The pit will push out through the top of the cherry.
Step 5: Make something yummy with your pitted cherries!
NOTE: Cherry juice will stain your fingers and your clothes. Do not wear anything that you care about people seeing in public when pitting. Wear rubber gloves to keep your fingers from being stained OR do what I did and keep rinsing them off after every 3-5 cherries. Allowing the juice to stay in place for too long makes the stain harder to remove.
Do you have a trick for how to pit cherries without a pitter? Share your tips!
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