How To Remove Pits From Cherries

A quick and easy guide for how to remove pits from cherries for all of your baking, cooking, and snacking needs. Nobody likes to eat a cherry seed.

Small glass jar filled with cherries

Cherry season is from June to July. These sweet, tart and always delicious cherries are typically gobbled up right off the stem. However, when you want to incorporate cherries into recipes like a pie, cake, or a fresh cherry vinaigrette for a summertime salad, you’ve got to figure out the best way to remove those stubborn little pits.

You could buy a fancy contraption like a cherry pitter, but you can be more resourceful with tools you already have in your kitchen gadget drawer. The post is simple but dedicated to shedding some light on a very easy technique.

Hand holding a cherry and using a wooden object to push the seed out

Chopsticks aren’t just good for devouring some yummy beef with broccoli, they can also be used to quickly and easily remove cherry pits!

How To Remove Pits From Cherries in 3 Steps:

1. Remove stem and firmly hold the sides of the cherry at a 90-degree angle sitting on top of a flat surface like a cutting board.

2. Carefully push the end of the chopstick from the top of the cherry and through the center with constant pressure until the pit emerges from the bottom.

3. Continue this process with the remaining cherries. Leave whole with pits removed or cut down to the desired size. Pitted cherries will last 1 week in an airtight container or can be placed in a resealable plastic bag and stored frozen.

The seed existing a cherry after being pushed out

Bowl of cherries with pits removed on a cutting board

If you don’t have a chopstick, a wooden dowel then a sturdy plastic straw can be used to remove the cherry pits. You can also place these delicious fruits on top of a Coke bottle or an aluminum can, this helps sturdy the cherry before pushing the pit through. It also collects the pits all in one place so there is less mess. Just push the chopstick from the top of the cherry and straight down so the pit falls right into the bottle.

Ok, now that you’ve got a super simple technique for how to remove pits from cherries, it’s time to get cooking!

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  1. Cindy Ojczyk says

    Fabulous! I was just thinking i wish there was an easy way to do this without having to buy a special tool. You made my weekend.

  2. Madamek says

    OMG this so much better than what figured out a couple of years go when i was determined to use fresh cherries for a clafoutis i made. I was cutting them in half and twisting off one side like a peach, then I steralised a new ‘U’ shaped hair pin where the curved end was perfect to slide under the pit and pop it right out! Admittedly I also had nice neat halves for my dessert but this would have been much quicker!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      I used to do the same thing! It always ended up being a mess. I’m so glad you found this tip helpful! Looking forward to cherry season 🙂

  3. Bonnie says

    Hnnnnm. I don’t have chopsticks. I just use a cherry picker. I don’t have chopsticks only because I’ve never used them nor have I ever ate with them. I don’t know how to use them. I would like to learn though. But, in my neck of woods, no place that I know of to buy. I would have to buy online. In meantime, I have a cherry pitter. They work great

    • Jessica Gavin says

      That’s great that you have a cherry pitter on hand Bonnie! Even a wooden dowel or skewer would work too.

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