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.
- Read more: No Cherry Pitter? Use a Pastry Tip
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.
- Watch the video: How to Pit a Cherry with a Paper Clip - CHOW
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!
- Read more: No Cherry Pitter? Use a Chopstick
Updated from post originally published July 13, 2015.