How to Hull Strawberries
How to Hull Strawberries video
Since I evidently have just a TON of time on my hands and am a super boring person, I decided to do some comparing of different ways to hull strawberries and really get to the bottom of this age-old question: How to hull strawberries the absolute best way. Can you handle it? Things are about to get really geeky and possibly very unexciting.
Method 1: Use a paring knife
This was the way my great granny taught me to hull strawberries way up yonder in the Appalachian mountains. You get a strawberry and you use a paring knife to cut a little “V” shape from the top. This removes the stem and leaves while only removing a small amount of strawberry meat.
Method 2: Use a potato peeler
Pamela commented on my Facebook page that her family always used the pointed end of a potato peeler to scoop out the strawberry hull. Since I only have those new-fangled peelers that are meant to be “safe” and therefore have no pointy digging end, I thought I was gonna be S.O.L. but then I remembered some special treasures that were left behind by the previous occupants of my house, including a slightly rusty old-fashioned potato peeler with digging end! (Some other items, if you’re curious: 1 ladle; 1 fork (found in yard); 1 butter knife (also found in yard); 4 used floss-picks; 2 partial cans of gasoline; 1 unopened roll of copper wiring; innumerable cigarillo butts; many empty spray paint cans; 1 box of (used) mouse traps. I should maybe also mention, every single interior door jam showed signs of having been kicked in one or more times.)
Method 3: Use a churchkey
Also on Facebook, Rich said he always used the pointed, can-opening end of a “churchkey” to scoop the hull out. You know what I mean, right? I never knew if everyone called them that or just my family, plus Rich.
Method 4: Use a straw
I found this new-to-me technique on a strawberry info website. You use a straw, jabbed up from the tip of the strawberry, to push the hull out. Honestly, it seemed like total bullshit. But I had straws so I had to test it. That’s the mind of a scientist, folks.
Ultimately, the classic “V-cut” out the top with a sharp paring knife is the “best” way to hull a strawberry, I think: no special tools, and if you do it well there is very little waste. The old-timey potato peeler is cool, if you still own one of those. Churchkey trick is good to know about if you’re in a pinch. And the straw method is super cool if you want to get young kids involved, though! No sharp objects.