Learn How to Hull Strawberries 3 Simple Ways

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We've got berries on the brain! Before you start baking, though, learn how to hull strawberries quickly and efficiently.

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When early summer comes, we can’t wait to get our hands on all the fresh strawberries we can find. These farm-fresh fruits are perfect for making summertime classics like shortcakes, pie and fresas con crema. The only catch: Hulling each and every one of these berries. Like pitting cherries, this can be time-consuming but learning how to hull strawberries efficiently makes crafting these treats easy.

To hull strawberries for your next treat, you can try one of these three methods.

Method 1: Slice the Stem with a Knife

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The fastest way to hull strawberries is with your go-to paring knife. All you have to do is lay your strawberries on the cutting board and slice off the top of the berry. That’s it!

This method is quick, so it works well for when you have to prep a lot of berries, like for homemade jam or multiple pies. However, this technique does waste a bit of the fruit.

Method 2: Hull Strawberries with a Straw

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You can also hull strawberries easily at home with a regular drinking straw. Just push the straw up through the bottom of the berry and through the top. The leaves and hull will come pop right off!

Disposable plastic or thin metal straws work best here. Once you get the hang of this technique, you’ll find it goes fairly quickly so you can get to eating that strawberry pretzel pie sooner than later.

Method 3: Use a Special Strawberry Huller

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No surprise here: There is a special tool made just for hulling strawberries. This affordable strawberry huller uses metal claws to pull away the hull and stem of berries all in one motion. It’s a cinch to use and is worth the small investment if you’re a major strawberry fan.

Plus, this method wastes the least fruit. We know you don’t want to let an ounce of these seasonal favorites go to waste!

A Few More Strawberry Tips

  • Store strawberries wisely: Berries of all kinds have a pretty short shelf life. The best way to keep them fresh is to stash them in the crisper drawer of your fridge. Better yet—try one of these berry keepers. They’ll save you money in the long run. Make sure to avoid these other common produce pitfalls too!
  • Wash before you hull: Rinsing a cut berry can flood the fruit, leaving it with a soggy, mealy texture. No good!
  • Have the kids help: Hulling berries with a straw is a great chore to give kids of all ages: no knives and little mess. Just make sure they aren’t eating so many that you don’t have enough left to make your favorite recipes.

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Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.