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!
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Method 1 - Pastry tip
Use a metal pastry tip about ¼-inch in diameter at the point. Hold the cherry with the stem side facing up at a 90-degree angle. Carefully push the tip through the top of the fruit, until the pit emerges from the bottom.
Method 2 - Chopstick
Use a chopstick, dowel, or skewer that is about ¼-inch wide in diameter. A metal straw can be used as well. Hold the cherry with the stem side facing up at a 90-degree angle. Carefully push the stick through the top of the fruit, until the pit emerges from the bottom.
Method 3 - Bottle + chopstick
Use a heavy soda or wine bottle with an opening that is narrow enough to place the cherry on top without falling in. Place the cherry on the opening, stem-side up. Hold the cherry and lip of the bottle, carefully pushing the chopstick, dowel, skewer, or metal straw straight down, until the pit emerges from the bottom and falls into the bottle.
Method - 4Paring knife
Place the cherry on a cutting board. Starting on the stem-side, use a paring knife to cut around the entire fruit lengthwise, making sure to hit the pit. Twist the halves apart, then use fingers to remove the pit.
Serving Size: About 1/2 cup pitted cherries (77g)
Storing: Refrigerate pitted cherries in an airtight container for up to 5 to 7 days. Freeze in a resealable bag in a single layer for up to 6 months.