Do you love cherries? I used to have a love-hate relationship with this fruit. I love how juicy and sweet it is. But I wasn’t exactly fond of removing the pit.
It’s a good thing that I now have a cherry pitter in my kitchen. Whether you are out to make cherry jam, cherry pie or you simply want to eat fresh cherries, a cherry pitter is a tool you need.
This is a helpful kitchen gadget that can easily remove the pits from cherries. There are cherry pitters that can remove stones one at a time and there are others that can work on multiple cherries at a time. Whatever you end up getting, you would still consider a cherry pitter a very good investment.
Kinds Of Cherry Pitter
Cherry pitters can either be electric or manual. Obviously, an electric cherry pitter can make pitting of many cherries a walk in the park. You don't have to exert effort at all in pitting cherries. This is the type of cherry pitters ideal for pros.
The manual type of cherry pitter is a good choice if you don't need to pit that many cherries. It's also more compact and thus easier to store.
The design of cherry pitters can also be classified into two - handheld and table-top. The handheld cherry pitter is best used for cherries and even olives. It is simple to use. Simply place the cherry into the pitter and press it as if you were using a stapler. The pit ends up in a receptacle while the fruit is held in place.
The table-top version is bigger than the handheld cherry pitter. It's placed on top of a table or a counter top. It can handle multiple cherries at a time. Push down the handle, and numerous blades will come out to push the pits from the cherries. The pits are collected in a receptacle while the fruits end up in a bowl.
What To Look For In A Cherry Pitter
In shopping for a cherry pitter, you'll have to take into account the following factors:
Check the dimensions of the cherry pitter especially if you are getting a countertop or tabletop version. Make sure that it is compact enough to be placed on your countertop or table and stored in a cabinet or drawer.
2. Ease Of Cleaning
Like in shopping for a zoodle maker or even a salad shooter, you would prefer a cherry pitter that is easy to clean. Cherry pitters that have numerous parts can be challenging to clean up. If you plan to get a table-top cherry pitter, consider those that have dishwasher - safe parts. You must also watch out for those with springs as these small parts may easily be misplaced or lost during washing.
3. Smart Design
Find a cherry pitter that is smartly designed. There should be a compartment for catching the pits and fruits. The handle must be comfortable to hold on to, especially if you are to pit a lot of cherries.
Top Cherry Pitters Available Today
Below are my top five picks for those looking for a cherry pitter. The first two models are electric-type cherry pitters while the last three are manual pitters. At the end of the article, I will also bare which of these pitters is my favorite.
#1 Leifheit Cherry Pitter with Stone Catcher Container and Remover Tool 37200
This is a cherry pitter that's so easy to use. Simply place the cherries in the tray, and the fruits will fall into position. Push the handle down for the pit to fall into the plastic container and the cherry to fall out.
This cherry pitter is well made and can do the job pretty well. Make sure though that you apply enough pressure so that every cherry is pitted.
It’s also very easy to clean. The parts are all removable and dishwasher safe. And even if you don't have a dishwasher, you can simply wash them under running water.
You would also love how this kitchen gadget can keep the shape of the cherry intact. It is also able to keep the juice inside the fruit.
#2 Norpro Cherry Pitter Automatic with Suction Base Seed Pit Huller
This works just like the item preceding it. You can place about 10-15 cherries at the top of the unit. The fruits will roll down one at a time, and you will have to press the black level that pits them. The pits end up into a bottom holder.
The opening of this tool is big that it can accommodate a handful of cherries. Even big cherries can get inside the pitter although there will be times when you will have to use your hands to push them.
This pitter is made of plastic. While not the most durable, the material should last for a while as long as you handle the tool with care.
This isn't dishwasher safe, but it rinses off pretty quickly.
#3 Ionox Zinc Alloy Cherry Stoner
The Ionox Cherry Pitter is what you need if you are not in a rush to pit cherries. It is inexpensive and easy to clean because it is dishwasher safe. And the tool is so small that you can store it in a drawer once you are done with it.
This cherry pitter fits well in most hands. Whether you have small or large hands, you will likely feel comfortable using it. There's an internal spring that opens the jaw easily.
This pitter is also easy to use. Simply place the cherry on one end of the pattern. Press the handles, and the stone will pop from the bottom.
It is made of solid zinc alloy that is durable and can last for a long time.
#4 Gonicc Zinc Alloy Cherry Pitter
Use of this pitter is quick, easy and mess-free. In fact, there is a guard at the bottom of the tool that prevents cherry juice from spraying when you force the stone out of the fruit.
I’ve had this one before and let me tell you; this pitter won’t damage or crush cherries. Thus you won’t be wasting fruits when you use this pitter. It can also be used on similar sized fruits although there’s a tendency for the olives to spit out to the side.
The tool is made of zinc alloy that can last for years. Mine lasted for more than five years, I think. It also looks and feels solid when held in hand. There is a locking ring that you can use to lock up the pitter and make it more compact for storage in a drawer or container.
#5 Obecome Cherry Pitter
With this cherry pitter, it will be quick and easy for you to pit up to six fruits in one motion. This kitchen gadget which comes in a nice red color.
You’ll love this cherry pitter because it can save you a lot of time. With its ability to pop out six cherries at a time, this tool is a very handy and time-saving gadget that you’d want in your kitchen.
Your hands will also stay clean because there’s a removable base that catches the pits and juice. The pitter is also kept stable by the non-skid base even when the zinc prongs push the pits through.
Once you are done with it, the cherry pitter easily disassembles for quick cleaning. It also helps that the unit itself is dishwasher-safe. You can also wash this by hand.
Before I end, I’d like to answer this frequently asked question--- which cherry pitter is best used for sour cherries and small cherries as well as olives?
I would have to say that the Obecome Cherry Pitter is the best on this list when it comes to versatility. This cherry pitter can take on cherries of different sizes. It can even handle smaller fruits like olives.
And for that reason, the Obecome Cherry Pitter is clearly topped in this list. In fact, this is the cherry pitter that I am using right now. Its ability to pit six cherries at a time without any mess is perhaps its most admirable quality. The ease of cleaning and storage further solidify its case.