Three simple ways to pit a cherry without a pitter, using items you can find around the house.
Today, is a beautiful day! It’s the middle of summer, the temperatures are popping hot (you know that warm weather makes me happy), and cherries are in season. Can I get a whoop, whoop?!
I love cherries. Cherries are awesome. Their beautiful passion red color and mildly sweet taste make it a seriously divine fruit. There is also something very relaxing about sitting on the porch with a bowl of these babies, eating them and spitting out the pit. Is that just me? Please tell me I’m not the only one who does it.
Cherries are awesome, and the pits are fun. But when it comes to cooking with them, then the pits are not much fun and need to be removed. The problem is not many of us have a pitter laying around to pit these babies and some of those little gadgets can be a bit pricey.
To help you out, I’m going to share 3 easy ways to pit a cherry with items you probably already have laying around at home. There’s no need for a pitter here, only these 4 simple items.
Use a pastry tip
With a pastry tip, removing the pit from a cherry is simple. Just take off the stem, place the cherry stem down over the top of the pastry tip, firmly press down and out comes the pit. Voila!
Use an empty bottle and a chopstick
Place the cherry on top of the bottle stem side up, after removing the stem. Using a chopstick, poke through the cherry pushing the pit down and into the bottle. This is my favorite method of all. It’s efficient and mess-free.
Use a straw
With a thick plastic straw, firmly poke through the top of the cherry until the straw comes out on the opposite side. The pit will pop out through the end of the straw. This method is effective but can leave a bit of a cherry juice mess on your board. To capture the juices, place a bowl underneath.
And there you have it! Using simple items found at home, there is no need for a pitter. Now you can go ahead and make that wonderful cherry pie grandma used to make. Yum!
Do you know any other easy tricks to pit cherries? Let me know in the comments below!