Pitting Cherries {the easy way}

Pitting cherries can be the pits, but it doesn’t have to be.  You can easily pit 1-2lbs of cherries in as little as 5 minutes.  All you need is a bottle and a straw.  A note about straws, the sturdier the better.  I’ve used plastic disposable straws, but you may go through several.  I’ve had the best success and ease using a firm reusable straw.

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place a cherry in the opening of a bottle top

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insert a straw through the center of the cherry

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press the straw all the way through, the pit will fall to the bottom of the bottle

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add oil and vinegar to the pits for a cherry infused salad dressing

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Don’t throw away the pits.  Add oil and vinegar to the bottle for a cherry infused salad dressing.  Our favorite combo is 1 part apple cider vinegar to 4 parts oil, with a dash or two of salt.

 

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Katie is a military wife and mother of 4 with 1 on the way. She is passionate about family, food and serving the LORD. By day you may find her changing diapers, folding laundry, home educating her older children, and cooking three meals a day with a baby on her hip next to a sink of dirty dishes. By night she writes and shares recipes, tips, and tutorials for economical, nourishing and simple gluten-free foods at Simple Foody.

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  1. says

    Katie! This is genius! I love cherries but I never buy them because I think they’re a pain to eat because of the pits. My daughter asks me to buy them but she won’t eat them unless I take the pit out so I’ve been using a knife and I end up cutting them in small pieces. So, you see, I have a lot to learn about functioning in the food/kitchen department. Hope to learn a lot more tricks from you.

    • Katie says

      Julie, you are too kind. I did the knife thing too when my older kids were toddlers and it was no fun. But this is so super easy and it can even be assigned to an older child. My 5 and 6 year old’s can do it.

  2. says

    OMgoodness can I just say how much I LOVE THIS?? I’ve struggled with pitting and although I knew the straw method was easier, I never thought about putting them on the mouth of a bottle! And then to add vinegar to the seeds and make a salad dressing? Pure genius. Thanks so much for sharing! (visiting from Weekend Whatever LinkUp)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  3. Cara says

    Oh my word…. you DO (at least I do) learn something new everyday! Goodbye canned cherry pie filling…. hello fresh. Thank you!

    • Katie says

      Oh yes…do say goodbye to the canned filling. Fresh cherry pie is bursting with flavor that canned cherries can’t beat.

  4. Tanya @ Kentucky Sketches says

    I can eat my weight in cherries, so this is valuable information! Around here we all just eat and spit, (as disgusting as that is,) but I would much rather hand cherries to my children without the pits.

    Yay! No more red-stained fingers! Thank you!!

    • Katie says

      Your welcome. I should mention that cherries are a natural laxative and once pitted it’s much easier to eat a rather large amount that you wouldn’t otherwise eat if the pits were in them. So use caution :)

  5. says

    I get the same result using a little stainless steel funnel. I have been using that for a couple of years and works really well. I use a cutting board to push the funnel down on. Love fresh cherries, I put them in the freezer in small doses to use in my smoothies etc.

  6. says

    What a fantastic tip, and perfectly timed for me! I just bought 2 lbs of cherries a couple hours ago that I plan to pit and freeze for smoothies. I love the salad dressing idea too. I’ll definitely be giving that a try! Thanks for posting!

  7. says

    Ok, this has to be the easiest answer I’ve ever seen to the cherry pit problem. I am so impressed. And I LOVE the recycled salad dressing idea. Impressed again. I think that’s a record = two impresses in one blog post (and a short one at that!). Passing this on to my dd who loves cherries. Many thanks.

  8. says

    wonderful idea! years ago I showed my kids how to destem strawberries with a straw (poking from the tip up to the stem). I’ll be remembering this for future use. Your idea for the pits, as well. Thank you!
    (stopping by from Welcoming Home)

  9. Lisa says

    I use a stainless steel straw (from starbucks) for cherries but I hadn’t thought of doing on a bottle. Brilliant!

  10. says

    Wondering if you had any further advice on the salad dressing. Refrigeration, yes or no. How long does it need to sit before you use it?

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