I was making a berry trifle the other day (I promise, I’ll post the recipe eventually) and it required 2 pints of strawberries. Instead of hulling strawberries with a knife, I usually just slice the tops off the berries to get rid of the leaves and at least some of that weird, hard, flavorless, white core. But this time, I decided I would try out a new trick for hulling strawberries.
And it totally worked! Strawberry, hulled!
All you need is a drinking straw and a strawberry! Seriously, when I figured this out I was so excited. Apparently excited enough to write a whole blog post about just this…I know, I’m weird.
This is the easiest way I’ve ever dealt with strawberries, no joke! Not only do you not lose any of the edible fruit part of the berry, but it’s a lot safer than using a knife. I dunno about you but I’m kind of a klutz in the kitchen and JM pretty much refuses to let me use knives for fear I’ll chop off a finger or something.
Just turn your strawberry over so the green leafy bit faces down, place your straw over the pointy end of the berry, and push straight down until you hit the counter!
The green leafy bit pops right off in the end of your straw and the hard white core of the berry is gone! Your strawberry has been hulled! No muss, no fuss. Plus, if you’re cooking with kids and they want to help, this is super fun and super safe!
Just a few notes…
- The tallest Starbucks straws work GREAT for this! They are pretty stiff and have a big enough diameter to get the whole core out in one shot. The shorter size that they give you with a grande or tall drink is not quite big enough around (at least not for the gigantic strawberries we had!)
- If your straw gets filled up with strawberry cores just grab a skewer and poke the cores out over the garbage. Or if the leafy bit is still attached, you can just grab the leaves and pull the core right out of the straw.
- If you’re worried about your aim, just pull the leafy bit off of the strawberry and start the straw at the top end so you can make sure to get the entire white core part off of the top.
Does everyone already hull their strawberries this way? Sometimes I’m a little late to the party and I think I’ve come across something mind-blowing when in reality I’ve just been doing it the hard way for years cuz I don’t pay attention
Do you have any other super simple kitchen time savers that you use when you’re cooking?
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