While a cherry pitter removes the pit cleanly and quickly, if you don\'t have one, you can use these other common household items to remove those pesky pits. In both cases, work over a bowl to catch the pits.
Paper Clip Method: Remove the stem from the washed cherry. Holding the cherry stem side up, insert the lower end of the paper clip into the stem end of the cherry. Working the clip like a hook to get underneath the pit of the cherry, pull the pit upward and back out through the stem end of the fruit.
Drinking Straw Method: Remove the stem from the washed cherry. Holding the cherry stem side up, push a drinking straw through the top of the cherry through the bottom of the fruit, driving out the pit as you go.