Pitting Cherries for Freezing

I’ve always wondered how companies froze cherries without the pit and without mutilating the cherry. I’ve tried cutting each cherry in half around the pit and pulling the pit out with my fingers, and that took so long that I knew it wasn’t feasible for large amounts of cherry processing.

I decided freezing cherries just wasn’t for me and stuck with blueberries, peaches, and strawberries.

Until one day when I read this trick somewhere. (I forget where, but I’m sure it’s all over the internet.) The lady writing the article used a Starbucks straw to press through one end of the cherry all the way through to the other side, and the pit came ┬áright out with the straw. Sheer brilliance!

Well, I figured I’ve have to wait to try this out until I went to Starbucks next time to obtain one of their straws. But, impatient person that I am, I couldn’t.

So I tried a straw that I had. No luck. I tried a coffee stirrer I got at another coffee shop. (Flint River Coffee Company, for those who are local. It has the most unique artwork displays. Love it!) Great for stirring coffee, but too flimsy for pitting cherries.

Then, while staring into my drawer wondering how I could conquer those cherries, I found the perfect tool. The case for my meat thermometer.

And sure enough, it worked perfectly! In goes the plastic, out comes the pit, leaving a perfectly round cherry that’s ready to freeze.

No bending or breaking of my tool, and no squishing of the cherries.

I put all my cherries on the cookie sheet just like I did the blueberries, but without the paper towel.

Now we can have cherry-strawberry-blueberry-peach smoothies. The more fruit, the better they taste! :)

Have you ever pitted cherries before?

4 comments to Pitting Cherries for Freezing

  • Just making sure you know there are cherry pitters, right? I’ve used two different kinds – one I bought at a kitchen store (about $10 and hand held) and another I got at a upick cherry place in Michigan (looks like a BALL glass jar, but they’ve gerry-rigged the top so you push the cherry and the pit drops out into the jar, and you throw the cherry (which is now pitless) into a bowl/whatever you want. The Ball-Jar thing is amazing – highly recommend it if you can find one. Makes pitting very very quick & easy.

    • Well, I can’t say I’ve ever seen a cherry pitter before! :) But I think if you’d asked me if one existed, I’d have probably said yes. I’ll definitely keep my eye out for that Ball jar-type thing–sounds like it would work really well. Thanks for the info!

  • […] Pit and chop the cherries. I used my little food chopper to get small pieces of cherry without pureeing them. This was SO much faster than chopping them by hand–the time savings definitely outweighed having an extra dish to wash. :) […]

  • […] if I see the type of pitter described in the above comment, I’d pick it up in a heartbeat. […]

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