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Cherries are a popular fruit—but those pits! They can be a choking hazard for small children, and for sure you wouldn’t want a beautiful cherry pie filled with hard pits. While there are methods for pitting cherries using common household or office supplies, it’s a lot easier—and probably safer—to use a tool designed specifically for the task. Plus, olives and cherries are about the same size, shape, and texture, so you can use most cherry pitters to pit your olives, as well! We’ve compiled our favorites, whether you just need to pit a few cherries for snacking or you’ve got a tree full of fruit that’s ready for canning.
While this cherry pitter looks simple, it’s got features that boost its performance. The clear shroud keeps cherry juice from splattering sideways, so the kitchen counter won’t look like a crime scene. The holder holds large Bing cherries easily, while the recessed area cradles small cherries or olives securely. The curved spike moves easily in an arc to slide through the pitter and the cherry for perfect pit removal, and the handle is comfortable to hold, no matter how many cherries need pitting for your pies.
The plastic shroud is removable for easier hand washing, and the whole tool is dishwasher safe for even easier cleaning. For storage, the pitter locks closed, so it will stay neat in a drawer. How much do you know about cherries?
The entire cherry pitting process is kept contained with this pitter, so there’s virtually no mess. The plunger grabs and holds multiple pits that can be emptied as needed, while the cherries fall into the jar so it’s easy to see how many you’ve collected. Since there’s no need to grab or hold the pitted cherries, it keep hands clean, too.
The jar holds a pound of cherries and comes with a lid so you can store the pitted cherries in the jar until you need them. This is dishwasher safe, so cleaning is simple once the pie is in the oven.
Great for pitting a lot of cherries for jams, pies, and salads, the LEIFHEIT is designed to make it easy to keep pitting without stopping. The top holds cherries before they drop into the pitter. The pits fall into the large clear container that won’t need to be emptied very often, while the cherries roll out the chute where they can be caught in your favorite bowl. The plunger pits the cherries easily with a simple push, and the manufacturer says that pitting as many as 25 cherries per hour is possible. When the work is done, this is dishwasher safe.
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The simple design of this pitter makes the operation obvious while keeping the price affordable. The scissors action sends the plunger through the cherry, removing the pit neatly. When pitting is done, this is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The pitter locks with a simple latch on the end of the handles, so it will stay neatly closed in the gadget drawer. It's chrome plated so it should be sturdy and durable.
A friendly design that kids will love, the Talisman Designs Chomper also helps keep them safe from accidental pinches since the plunger is hidden and the front tooth on the chomper acts as an extra guard to keep fingers out of the way. It’s easy for kids or adults to place a cherry in the chomper’s mouth before pushing down on the top of its head to pit the cherry and watching the pit fall into the clean base. This device comes apart easily to empty the accumulated pits, and it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning when all the cherries have been chomped.
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The CUISIPRO pitter features a silicone cup that cherries of any shape or size fit perfectly, while the scoop front allows one-handed use. Just scoop a cherry from the bowl and tilt it into the cup, then squeeze to push the plunger through the cherry to send the pit out of the bottom. Then, just tip the pitter to drop the pitted cherry into a bowl. The deep bottom keeps cherry juice from splattering, for neater pitting. This is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning when the pitting is done, and a lock keeps the pitter closed for neat storage in the kitchen gadget drawer.
Cherry pitters with a scissors-style design can be hard for cooks with weak grip strength to handle, and they can be messy for kids to use. This pitter works much like a wide stapler, so there’s plenty of room to push down with one or two hands, making it easy for kids or adults to use. It holds four cherries at a time, and the pits fall into the base for neat, easy collection. Meanwhile, the shroud helps keep spattering juices contained for less mess
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When you’re pitting cherries for snacking, for jam, or for a pie, they don’t need to be pretty—they just need to have the pit removed. But when you want a pretty cherry for a garnish or an elegant dessert, you want a nicer-looking fruit. That requires a bit more manual work. This pitter makes that work a bit easier, since it’s designed to neatly cut out the pit without crushing, bruising, or breaking the fruit, and it leaves a neat hole.
Whether you plan on stuffing the cherries or leaving them whole, they will look attractive on the plate. When you’re done pitting, this tool is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.