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The Best Way to Hull Strawberries

Updated on June 29, 2015
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Hull strawberries the easy - and tidy - way

When you use the method below to remove that hard centre from your strawberries, it opens up a wealth of recipe opportunities.

For years I've done exactly what my mum used to do - cut the strawberries in half, then make a v-shaped cut on each half to remove the hard central core. Which works fine. But this is better.

There are two main reasons. The first is that those 'cored' strawberries and now almost begging to be filled with something delicious. Chocolate-stuffed strawberries anyone? The other reason is that if you're marinating the fruit, or using any sort of sauce, the flavours will seep right into the fruit - deliciously.

Plus, this is so quick to do and you don't need to buy an expensive gadget.

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All you need is a straw

Yes, just a regular drinking straw. Once you've rinsed the strawberries, it takes only moments to remove the hard core.

Place each berry with the leaves face down on a chopping board. Take your straw and plunge it into the pointed end of the fruit. Push gently towards the leaf end.

Take the berry in your hand and push again - the core will pop straight out, complete with the leaves. Perfect.

The straw I use is about one centimetre in diameter (yes, I actually just left the computer and went to measure it) because we tend to buy quite large strawberries but smaller ones can be used too. 

There are plenty of wide- diameter straws available these days - people like them for smoothies and energy drinks. See below.

See the images below to see how effective this is.

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Gently push the straw into the pointed end of the fruit. Lift it once it reaches the bottom.With a large straw, the core will be inside it and can be pulled out using the leaves.And here we are - the perfectly cored fruit.
Gently push the straw into the pointed end of the fruit. Lift it once it reaches the bottom.
Gently push the straw into the pointed end of the fruit. Lift it once it reaches the bottom. | Source
With a large straw, the core will be inside it and can be pulled out using the leaves.
With a large straw, the core will be inside it and can be pulled out using the leaves.
And here we are - the perfectly cored fruit.
And here we are - the perfectly cored fruit.

Now you're going to need some wonderful recipes

Did you know that I have a recipe for 7 Up Strawberry pie? It's so very tasty but unlike the standard recipe, it's much lower in calories and far healthier.

Click here to learn more.

If you're looking for a strawberry dessert that takes only minutes to make (but it does need to set in the fridge) then I have a great recipe for you. It's delicious in a pastry case but the strawberry filling is incredibly tasty served on its own in elegant glasses and decorated with (beautifully cored) fresh fruit.

See the recipe here.

I definitely recommend the book below. When strawberries are at their lowest price in our supermarket, I always need ideas for ways to use this wonderful fruit. Oh, and you'll need the straws too. You can buy them online if you can't get them locally.

Strawberry Recipes for Everyday
Strawberry Recipes for Everyday

If you're anything like me, you won't know where to start with this book. There are so many delicious recipes.

What I love is the way that there are plenty of savoury dishes. You can see on the cover that there's a lovely salad and look at that gorgeous salmon dish.

It comes from the California Strawberry Commission and they are certainly specialists in the subject.

 

Do you have any great recipes that use hulled strawberries?

I'd love to see recipes that use these strawberries. That central cavity just begs to be filled, don't you think?

So far, I've placed the hulled berries in a dish, chilled them and then poured in melted chocolate. Then I put them straight in the freezer so that the chocolate sets. Once that's done, they can live in the fridge until you're ready to serve them. (Or until your other half helps himself in the middle of the night).

Let me know if you have any wonderful recipes or ideas.

© 2014 Jackie Jackson

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    • Richard1988 profile image

      Richard 

      4 years ago from Hampshire - England

      These look way better like this than with their entire tops hacked off! Great idea!! I'll be passing this on to a couple of people who absolutely mutilate fruit when trying to prepare it!

    • Judy Filarecki profile image

      Judy Filarecki 

      4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Just bought a quart of fresh-picked strawberries at the farmer's market. What a great idea. I'll give it a try....worked like a charm....excuse me fro writing with my mouth full. I had to try it several times to be sure it really worked.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DawnRae64: That's just what I used to do!

    • DawnRae64 profile image

      Dawn 

      4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      AWESOME!!!!! Just the other day I was trying to de-stem/hull strawberries for the kids at work. It was so irritating. This is a great idea!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Corrinna-Johnson: I hope you try it - it's excellent!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @captainj88: Simple but brilliant :)

    • Corrinna-Johnson profile image

      Corrinna Johnson 

      4 years ago from BC, Canada

      Great idea! I usually dig mine out with a knife, wasting lots in the process!

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great idea! So simple. Love it.

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