When the first cherries hit the market in the summertime, it's hard not to get excited. These petite fruits herald the bounty to come; not long behind are the plums, apricots, nectarines, and peaches of the season. However, pitting the little fruits can be a substantial effort. With the right tool for the job, you can blast through your cherries in no time. (Note: Contains affiliate links.)
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Progressive Laboratories 6-Slot Prepworks Cherry Pitter
Significantly cheaper yet also efficient is the Progressive Laboratories 6-slot Prepworks Cherry Pitter. The tool features six divots that hold your cherries; pitters push through the fruit when you press from above. The pit catcher is fairly small, though, so for large batches, you'll be stopping to empty it frequently.
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Norpro 5120 Deluxe Cherry Pitter with Clamp
A similar but somewhat less expensive countertop model is the Norpro 5120 Deluxe Cherry Pitter, featuring a clamp that adheres the pitter to your table or counter. It works the same way as the Rösle, but with added stability from the clamp.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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For smaller batches, hand models are sufficient. The OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter is a popular choice. OXO is well known for their ergonomic designs, so you can go on a pitting bender without getting hand cramps. Bonus: This device (and most of the other cherry pitters on this list) also can be used to remove pits from olives.
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A more rudimentary and old-fashioned design, the Westmark Cherry Stoner "Kernex" benefits from simplicity, making it easy to clean. It's dishwasher-safe on top or bottom racks.
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Fox Run Cherry and Olive Pitter
The cheapest of the bunch, the Fox Run Cherry and Olive Pitter has a slightly different design. Simply grab the handles with your forefinger and middle finger, and push the spring-loaded pitter through with the palm of your hand.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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DIY Cherry Pitting Options
Don't feel like investing in a unitasker tool that takes up room in a drawer or a cupboard? You may have a suitable tool already hiding in your kitchen. Some people use star frosting/pastry tips to push the pits out by hand, or chopsticks. Of course, you could simply use a paring knife as well, especially if you don't have that many cherries to pit.