Is it necessary to own a cherry pitter? If you're making cherry pie and need to pit a mountain of cherries, then yes, please do yourself a favor and buy an actual cherry pitter to make the process a whole lot easier.
But for the rest of us who just want to pit a few cherries for a sangria and don't want to buy a unitasker, there are three other ways to pit cherries with things you probably already have in the kitchen or desk drawer!
3 Ways to Pit Cherries Without a Cherry Pitter
1. Pastry Tip
Did you know you can use your pastry or piping tip for more than just frosting? Just place it tip-side up on your work surface and push the cherry firmly onto it until the pit comes out of the other end.
2. Paper Clip
Your office or desk drawer probably holds a tool that can pit cherries: metal paper clips! Just unfold the paper clip, insert one end into the cherry, and dig around the pit until it pops out.
The last item you can use to pit cherries is just a single chopstick. Push it through the stem end of the cherry, and out shoots the pit on the other side!
(Image credits: Christine Gallary)