How to Pit Cherries
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Juicy, ripe cherries are one of our favorite things about summer. We love them in clafoutis, compotes, cakes, salads, and more. Pitting them can be a pain, however, so we asked the SAVEUR test kitchen to show us their favorite ways to remove the pits.

The first, and easiest, way: get yourself a cherry pitter, many of which come with a plastic guard to help keep the juices from splattering onto your clothes. One of these will make quick work of a pile of cherries, and you can use them to pit olives, too. The second way, if you don’t have or don’t want to buy another kitchen gadget: use a straw to puncture the cherry and pop the pit out at the bottom. Or, as our wise test kitchen director pointed out, eating them and spitting the pits out works pretty great, too.

Read more about buying, storing, and prepping cherries in our Summer Produce Guide »

Then, use your pitted cherries in our favorite cherry recipes »