Vegan Chocolate Cherry Pudding + Homemade Cherry Pitters Review

Homemade Cherry PitterCherry season is here in Michigan! Who doesn’t love the red, sweet, and slightly tangy cherries both fresh and in desserts? Who could possibly like the inconvenience of spitting out the pits when you’re trying to savor the cherries? When feeding my two-year-old son cherries, I would use a paring knife to cut the cherry open and then dig out the pit. This method is too slow to feed that little fruit eater and too messy on my cutting board. I am excited to tell you, I found a new method to do it faster and cleaner.

The best way I like my cherries is pitted with the stems on. Not only are they great for garnishing, but also easy to hold when eating fresh without leaving red juice on your hands. Although a store-bought cherry pitter is handy and available in most grocery stores, it doesn’t work every time. Cherry pitter will leave big holes both on the bottom and top of cherries, and the most of time you will loose a lot of juice and flesh. Have you experienced that?

After searching the internet, I found a few videos of homemade cherry pitters. They are handy, especially when you don’t own a store-bought cherry pitter. In this post, you will see videos demonstrating four different ways to pit a cherry. Pick the method you think will fit your needs best. For us, method 1 is the best.

Four Homemade Cherry Pitters Review

 

Homemade Cherry Pitter 1.  Bent/Modified Dinner Fork

Bent/Modified Dinner Fork Cherry Pitter

Bent/Modified Dinner Fork Cherry Pitter

We found this method on YouTube. Using a thin dollar-store quality dinner fork, bend the prongs with a needle nose pliers as shown in our video below. This is the cleanest and easiest method leaving a fairly small hole on the bottom with the stem still attached. The riper the cherry, the easier it is to remove the pit. Your guests will ask you, “Where did you get these fresh pitless cherries?

Check out the video demonstration here.

  • Homemade Cherry Pitter 2.  Empty Beer or Wine Bottle and Chopstick

Homemade Cherry Pitter-bottle-chopstick

We found this method on Mad Genius Cooking Tips @ Food & Wine. Remove stem from the cherry and then place the cherry on top of the beer bottle.   Push the pit out from the cherry using a chopstick. It creates big holes on both top and bottom. Part of the cherry flesh ends up in the empty bottle. This is our least desirable method.

Check out the video demonstration here.

  • Homemade Cherry Pitter 3.  Bent Paper Clip

Homemade Cherry Pitter-paper clip method

In this method, insert the bent paper clip into the top of the cherry, rotate the clip around the pit, and then scoop it out from the top. This method takes a little more time than the other methods. You only create one hole on top, allowing you to fill the cherries with whipped cream cheese or melted chocolate.

Check out the video demonstration here.

  • Homemade Cherry Pitter 4.  Cake Decorating Tip

Homemade Cherry Pitter-cake decorating tip 

Place a cake decorating tip on a plate. Place the cherry upside down on the tip and push the pit out through the bottom. This method creates holes through the cherry, but not as messy as the bottle-chopstick method.

Check out the video demonstration here.

Using the easy and convenient modified dinner fork method, I was able to pit a handful of cherries in no time. I made this vegan chocolate cherry pudding, garnished with some whole pitted cherries. Everybody in my family enjoys both the taste and the look!Vegan Chocolate Cherry Pudding + Homemade Cherry Pitter

Vegan Chocolate Cherry Pudding + Homemade Cherry Pitters Review
 
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Cherry pitter, kitchen scale, measuring spoons and cups, Electric blender, 1-quart saucepan, rubber spatula, 4 ramekin bowls
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 14 large pitted cherries (or more)
  • 9 oz silken tofu
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbs special dark coca powder, unsweetened (I use Hershey’s)
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • ¼ tsp pure stevia extract powder (Now Brand)
  • 1-1/2 tbs starch (corn or tapioca)
Instructions
  1. Use a cherry pitter to pit the cherries. Place 7 cherries and the remaining ingredients into a blender. Blend until it is smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a saucepan. Heat the saucepan over medium-high heat until it is boiling. Stir occasionally. Remove the saucepan from heat and carefully pour the pudding mixture into ramekin bowls evenly. Refrigerate and let it cool until it is set and slightly firm. Approximately 1 hour.
  3. Garnish with the remaining cherries on top and serve cold.

 

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