How to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter

Need to pit a whole bunch of cherries for a tasty delicious pie? Here’s a quick and easy trick on how to pit cherries without a pitter! No mess, no stress.

How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter - an easy trick + video tutorial!

Summer. So begins the days when we kick off our shoes and run through the sprinklers to stay cool…the days when our biggest task is finishing our ice cream before it melts in our hands…the days when cherries are finally in season!

My favorite way to consume cherries is to shove them in my mouth and spit out the pits, while engaging in contests to see who can shoot the furthest. But when I’m planning to cook with cherries, this shove-them-in-the-mouth method might not be the best.

I own this OXO cherry pitter, which works wonderfully, but I get that most people don’t want to own kitchen gadgets with a limited purpose. That’s why I want to show you this quick trick on how to pit cherries without a pitter.

All you need is an empty bottle and a chopstick. That’s it!

How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter - an easy trick + video tutorial!


  • Use a stick with a wider, round tip: Some chopsticks have a flat bottom and others are pointier. You’ll want to use the ones with the flat bottom because they’re easier to push against the cherry pit. I tried using a pointed chopstick the first time around, and the chopstick kept sliding off the pit.
  • Use any sturdy bottle: You don’t have to use a wine bottle for this—any sturdy bottle will do. You can also do this without a bottle: just stick the chopstick through the cherry, as if you were skewering it. However, I don’t like this method as much because it’s messier.
  • Does the cherry juice squirt all over when I do this? It shouldn’t! From my experience, the juice doesn’t squirt out from the top, and all the juice coming from the bottom of the cherry is all contained within the bottle. I have found using my OXO cherry pitter to be messier.

Now that you’ve pitted all these cherries, let’s cook with them! Here are a few recipes for your inspiration:

Black Forest Mousse - decadent, rich, and creamy vegan delight that's ready with FIVE ingredients only! #VEGAN #GLUTENFREEBlack Forest Mousse

Vegan Cherry Crumble #VEGAN

Vegan Cherry, Peach, and Blueberry Crumble

Cherry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce - no refined sugar! #GLUTENFREECherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce

I also have a tasty round-up of 15 healthy cherry recipes, in case you’re looking for more ideas!

If you try this kitchen trick, let me know! Also, if you have a few minutes, I would love it if you liked my video on YouTube or subscribed to my channel!


How to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter

How to Pit Cherries Without a Pitter - an easy trick + video tutorial!


  • cherries
  • empty bottle
  • a chopstick with a flat bottom


  1. Stem a cherry and place it on top of your empty bottle, with the top facing up.
  2. Hold on to the cherry as you place your chopstick above the cherry, where the stem used to be. Push down until you can feel the pit. Keep pushing until the pit goes through the bottom. The pits can be at an odd angle sometimes, and you might find that you’ve poked through the cherry without actually dislodging the pit. Check to make sure that the pit isn’t still stuck on the cherry before cooking.

15 thoughts on “How to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter

  1. Emma

    Argh, great tip Lisa! If only I’d seen it a few days sooner. I was wrestling with some cherries on the weekend and made such a mess. I’ll be trying this next time for sure 🙂

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  5. Kara Chin

    Hi Lisa, I found this tip fascinating! Who would have thought. And here I was doing things the hard way when making cherry clafoutis for my blog. Thank you!

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  7. Hiseitz

    Try using a small needle nosed pliers. Inserf in pit end grab, twist and pull it out. Pit comes out clean, whole cherry, minimum juice loss.

  8. Carol

    I love this idea. I use a very heavy straw as my expensive cherry pitter was long and tedious. I like the straw as it seems to circle the pit nicely. Can’t wait to try a bottle……very nice idea,

  9. Shelley

    Great idea! Unfortunately my cherries were a little over ripe. I wanted to pit them and freeze them to use in a smoothie or a recipe. Because the cherries were over ripe the cherry was not holding up very well using the chopstick, even when I cut a small X in the bottom of the cherry to facilitate the exit of the pit. So I tried a stainless steel drinking straw. Worked like a charm.


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