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!

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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.

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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.

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3. Chopstick

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!

Updated from post originally published July 13, 2015.