Canning, freezing, dehydrating, baking, making jams, jellies, preserves, and tapenades–all things that require prep work with the ingredients being used, first. Stone fruits especially require some management, as their hard pits have to be extracted before using the fleshy exterior of the fruit–the same is true for olives. Pit removal can be done with a paring knife, but it's both time consuming and potentially dangerous. Thankfully, tools exist to make quick work out of pitting cherries, olives, and other pitted delights. So the next time you're in the mood to make a homemade cherry pie or whip together some olive tapenade, consider adding a pitter to your arsenal of kitchen tools. Not sure where to start? Check out some of the best–and easiest to use–pitters we could find below.