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Do I need a strawberry huller?


OXO Strawberry Huller

A strawberry huller is a little tool that is designed to remove the hull – the leafy top and white-ish center “plug” – of a strawberry before you eat it. Unless you’re eating berries by hand and tossing away the hulls one-by-one (or dipping them in chocolate and need a “handle”), you’re going to want to remove the hulls before using the berries. They make a better presentation when they’re hulled because the berries are absolutely ready to eat. Once hulled, they are also ready to be chopped up and added to anything from cereal to bread pudding.

Strawberry hullers come in various designs, from little scoops to dedicated coring tools, like the Oxo Good Grips Strawberry Huller. Since strawberries also come in various designs – from tiny to huge – hullers don’t always make the job faster than, say, using a paring knife to pop the hull out. This is because a dedicated huller can require repeated attempts to get out a large hull, and can remove too much of the flesh from a small berry, requiring you to use a paring knife anyway for those fruits. The OXO, for instance, works well for medium-sized berries, but not for very large or very small berries. The only hullers that seem to work all the time are those that look like tiny paring knives or sharp spoons and will fit a variety of fruits, although if you already have a small knife, they’re not entirely necessary.

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  • crabapple
    August 4, 2009

    i use a straw to hull strawberries. start at the bottom, pointy end of the strawberry and press the straw through the fruit. it takes out the hull and the leaves. for bigger fruit, you may have to run the straw through twice to get it all or use a knife to take off a bit of the leaves from the top.

    mcdonald’s and arby’s straws work great because they are larger.

  • Dolce
    August 4, 2009

    You also need to realize, as I am sure you have, that it is only difficult to hull non ripe strawberries. Once they are ripe, it should come out just fine. Otherwise, I like to use a small knife. In my kitchen, gadgets that only have a single purpose are forbidden!

  • Jennifer Hiller
    August 4, 2009

    Alton Brown had a great idea: a frosting star tip. Just the metal piece.
    Plunge the pointy part in, turn, scoop out the hull. Then turn the tip upright and rap it on the counter. Hull falls out and you’re ready for the next berry.

  • Kayduh
    August 4, 2009

    I use my grapefruit spoons to hull strawberries. Super easy for all sizes.

  • DasBub
    August 4, 2009

    Maybe I’m crazy… I just eat them whole.

  • Lorie
    August 4, 2009

    I was coming to share the frosting tip idea too, but Jennifer beat me to it!

  • Glyn
    August 6, 2009

    They look better hulled. If I’m using them in something and don’t need them to look good presentation wise, I just cut the end off (but you do waste a bit of fruit then!). If I’m eating them by hand I just pull the ends out.

  • Spas
    October 7, 2009

    Never heard of a strawberry huller before, what a good idea ?

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