Sure, you can prep strawberries by simply chopping off their tops, but doing so wastes more of the luscious fruit than we think is acceptable. Here’s a better way to do it.
A drinking straw
With the straw, pierce through the pointy side of a strawberry. Push the straw up through the center of the fruit until it pushes the leafy cap off.
Ta-da! Not only have you neatly gotten rid of the leaves, you’ve also hulled the strawberry (removed its watery white core).
Test Kitchen Tips:
- Be sure to wash the strawberries before you hull them. Rinsing a cut berry can flood the fruit, giving it a less pleasant texture.
- Use the straw trick any time you’re prepping strawberries in bulk, as for jam or freezing.
- We reuse our drinking straws: Just wash them by hand in soapy water and let dry thoroughly.
- This is a great kitchen task for kids, as there are no knives involved.
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