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How To Make a Microwavable Heat Pack or Cold Pack From Cherry Pits

Updated on April 16, 2014

Sore and Achy?

Sore backs, achy necks along with tense or painful muscles will love you for giving them a little heat. Microwavable heat packs are also wonderful to cuddle up to on a cold winter’s night. Sure you can use an electric heating pad, but who would be comfortable falling asleep with a heating pad plugged in? Cherry pits hold heat well and release the heat slowly over time. Cherry pits also retain and slowly release the cold, if your muscles crave some cool relief. Cherry pit microwavable pillows are a great way to reuse what you have or what you can collect rather than purchase a less than natural alternative.


Collect the Cherry Pits

Clean the cherry pulp away from the cherry pit.

Scrub the pits with a mild soap and water mixture and a small scrub brush.

Pat the cherry pits dry with paper towels.

Lay the cherry pits in a single layer in a shallow pan.

Let the cherry pits dry out for a few days.

If you don't want to wait a few days -- place the cleaned cherry pits on a baking sheet and place them in a 200 degree oven for about 1 to 2 hours or until they are dried.

Making the Cherry Pit Pillow

Buy heavyweight fabric and cut two pieces to the same size. Choose the shape you want whether it be round, square or rectangular. Choose the size you want, but keep in mind the size of your microwave or freezer.

Face the two pieces of material together and sew three sides. Begin to sew the fourth side until about 2 inches of an unsown seam is left.

Pull the fabric through the part of the seam that you did not sew so the finished side of the fabric faces out.

Fill your pillow with clean cherry pits. Allow room for the pits to move, do not overstuff the pillow. You want the cherry pit pillow to have some flexibility.

Turn the edges of the section of the seam that hasn’t been sewn inward. Sew the section to complete the seam.

a new cover.


If your fabric wears out, remove the cherry pits, save them and sew a new pillow.

Save your cherry pits throughout the year.

Choose only washable fabrics

Make a pretty washable cover for your hot or cold cherry pit pack to put over your pillow. This helps with wear and washing.

Cherry Pit Microwave Pack

Experiment with microwave times to determine the optimal setting based on the size of the microwave pillow and power of your microwave. Always start with less time and gradually increase the time until you are satisfied.

Cherry Pit Cold Pack

For achy muscles that need some cooling -- keep your cherry pit pillow in the freezer for at least two hours. If you have room in your freezer -- store the pillows in there so you will have some cold, soothing relief whenever you need it.


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    • Escapes profile image

      Escapes 6 years ago

      As far as I know, cherry pits retain heat and cold better than rice. I am not sure about dried beans. lol you can recline comfortably in the throne room with the hot pack nestled on your lower tummy!

    • stclairjack profile image

      Stclairjack 6 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

      cherry pits any better than beans or rice? i make mine out of beans or rice,.... cant imagine eating enough cherries to make one of any size,.... and if i ate that many cherries,.... well,... lets just say the hot/cold packwould be a way down on my list of urgent priorities. ha!

      in all honesty,.. this was a good read, voted up.

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      Escapes 6 years ago

      As uncomfortable as cherry pits may sound, they actually are comfortable to lay on and wonderful for sore, achy muscles. They are easy to make and you will love it!

    • Trudy Chappell profile image

      Trudy Chappell 6 years ago from Gloucestershire UK

      I am having a go at making one of these. I often have a painful neck and don't always have something in to rub into it. This is a great idea. Thank you.