Learn how to hull strawberries quickly and easily to get rid of the green leaves, stem, and hard white core without wasting any of the juicy red fruit!
When adding strawberries to a dish, you’ll need to remove the green leaves and stem first. I used to do this by just slicing the entire top of the berry off, but it wastes a lot of the delicious fruit when you do it that way. Turns out there is a super simple way to hull strawberries that only removes the green leafy parts and hard white core. And you don’t even need to use a knife, so you can get the kids involved in cooking without worrying about safety. Here’s how to hull a strawberry the easiest and safest way: use a straw!
How To Hull Strawberries With A Straw
- a stiff straw
Turn your strawberry over so the green leafy part faces down, put your straw over the pointy end of the berry, and push straight down until you push the straw all the way through the strawberry.
Pull the strawberry off the straw and you have a perfectly hulled strawberry! The hard white core and leafy bits stay stuck in the straw, and you have a berry with just the edible, delicious parts that you can just eat fresh, or use in a recipe.
It’s so quick and easy to hull strawberries this way; I can get through enough for the berry version of my summer peach trifle in just a few minutes! Plus it’s great for having the kids help in the kitchen because you don’t need to worry about using sharp knives.
Here are a few tips and tricks for this method of hulling strawberries:
- 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 a smaller diameter, so if you have smaller strawberries you can try that one instead.
- 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.
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