Join our community of Solution Seekers!

How to Pit an Olive

Remove olive pits in just two steps with this quick technique.

By Lygeia Grace
Pitting an olive with knifeOlivier Kugler

If you have a recipe that calls for just a few olives, removing the stones yourself is worth the minimal effort required (store-bought pitted olives are sometimes soft and slightly mealy due to the inner meat’s exposure to the salty brine). To remove a pit easily, follow these steps.

Step 1: Place the olive on a cutting board and firmly press down on it with the side of a chef’s knife. (Face the blade away from you.) If the olive doesn’t immediately split apart, use the knife to apply a gentle rocking motion, rolling the olive back and forth once or twice on the cutting board until the olive breaks open and the pit is revealed.

Step 2: Pull out the pit. Chop or slice as needed.

What do you think about this article? Share your own solutions and ideas

View Earlier Comments

Quick Tip

How To: Whip Cream

To make whipped cream, beat ½ cup heavy cream with 1 tablespoon sugar until soft or stiff peaks form (as desired).