If you do a lot of baking with fresh cherries, a cherry pitter is a good investment. They are easy to use and allow you to pop pits out of whole cherries with very little effort. But cherry pitters aren’t necessarily must-have items if you plan to pit cherries only very occasionally and don’t want to spend the money – or give up the cupboard space – on another kitchen gadget. Fortunately, there are a couple of very easy ways to get those pits out of cherries without using any special equipment.
If you don’t need to keep your cherries whole, you can simply slice them in half with a small knife and pop the pit out with your finger. This method is not messy and goes pretty quickly when you have a sharp knife. Most of the time, I find that I don’t need my cherries to be whole. They work very well in ice creams, breads and pies when halved.
If you want your cherries whole, all you need is a bobby pin to get those pits out. Bend a [very clean] bobby pin to enlarge the curved end slightly, then poke that curved end into the cherry and use it to scoop out the pit. You can keep the same bobby pin in an envelope so it is ready to go the next time you need to pit cherries.