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Easiest way to pit cherries

Every year I dehydrate and/or freeze a lot of cherrie ( several hundred pounds) . And I pit everyone one of them with my little cherry pitter. I am creative in the places I do it, because it takes a long time. Outside, inside, watching TV, listening to music, pitting parties. This is the first year I have known about foodpickle. Do you know of an easy way to pit cherries? Or is it one of those meditative things one must surrender to?

Thanks in advance

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ibbeachnana added almost 3 years ago

The cherry pitters are the way to go unless you want to do it the old fashioned way with a bent bobbie pin. Other than that, cut the cherries in half and pop the pit out, only if you don't need whole cherries. My granddaughter is here and I never have the need to pit them as she gobbles them up before I have time to find a recipe, probably a good thing since I don't have time when the little ones are here.

a Whole Foods Market Customer added almost 3 years ago

I'm not sure how fast and efficient an actual cherry pitter is because my cherry pitter is a straw haha but I find halving cherries and then pulling the pits our to be just as simple, yet both methods are time consuming. Sorry, but I'm not sure there's a work around with cherry pitting. Time to grab a glass of wine, a favorite movie and get pitting! Good luck!


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added almost 3 years ago
Voted the Best Answer!

Like peeling fava beans, stoning cherries is just plain old grunt work.

Droplet added almost 3 years ago

There is also a small mechanically operated machine made by Leifheit that would make it go faster because it allows you to load a slightly larger amount in it and has a pit collector on the bottom. I don't have it but have been wanting to get one.


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added almost 2 years ago

WOW, Droplet! I was just about to say something about the cherry pitter being the best way I knew, then you posted that!!! Do you have a CLUE how you have saved my summer? I imagine that would work for pitting olives as well!

SKK added almost 3 years ago

@droplet, thank you! You are the answer to my prayers.


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added almost 3 years ago

Droplet, that machine looks amazing! If Food52 ever gets a kitchen gadget shop together, it will have to be the first item we stock!

ourlastsupper added almost 3 years ago

I use a funnel. Put the funnel in a bowl, spout side up, and push the cherry against the funnel and the pit will fall through into the bowl.


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added almost 3 years ago

I heard a paper clip works too. Insert and yank out pit.

thirdchild added almost 3 years ago

Two days ago I bought a "Cherry-It Pitter" by Progressive. It neatly pits four cherries at a time and conserves the pits and stray juices in a cute little underneath compartment. We like it very much, and it quickly pitted two good-sized bags of fresh cherries for our dehydrator. The whole gizmo is like a rectangular box, so you don't end up wiping juice from the counter, your face, and the floor.

SKK added almost 3 years ago

Thanks thirdchild - am reading the reviews for this and droplet's recommendation!

Sunkissed added almost 2 years ago

I just pitted 4 lbs of cherries in 15 minutes using a metal wilton cake decorating tip. I used a star tip and it pushed only the pit out with no juicy after mess. Hands aren't stained either BONUS!!! Yay!! . I couldn't believe how easy it was. Just stick your thumb in the wide opening of the tip then insert the star end, give a little push. Wha-la! Cost for tip $1.79

SKK added almost 2 years ago

Great idea!

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