How to Hull Strawberries

How to Hull Strawberries

Like most other fruits and vegetables, strawberries need hulling before being used in any recipe or even before eating raw. Hull is the part of the stem and the fruit connected to the plant. Though it is “technically” edible, it does not taste as such. However, the taste of the hull can be repelling when consuming it along with the fruit. Therefore, hulling a strawberry is particularly essential because it can significantly alter the taste of the fruit when eaten raw and the recipe’s flavor when prepared.

Also, unlike most other fruits, the hull of the strawberry is much larger in size and shape than the body and size of the strawberry itself. Like in the case of tomatoes, the hull or the stem is tiny, so it’s ok to use the entire tomato in a recipe without hulling it. However, like in the case of capsicum, you have to hull and remove all the seeds before using them.

The hull or calyx of the strawberry consists of the leafy green part at the top and a white stem. The central core of the strawberry is where the taste lies and is called the cortex. So when you hull the strawberry, we have to note that we only remove the parts which we don’t need. Strawberries have a characteristic red color, while some can be slightly off the red color. While the part that needs to be hulled consists of the green leafy cover and its underlying white stem inside the fruit. You have to remove both, irrespective of the methods you employ to hull the strawberry.

Today we will teach you a few basic methods to effortlessly and quickly do the process.

sliced strawberries on a pancake
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Hull Strawberries With Hulling Tool

Let’s start with the first and the easiest one there. You will find several special strawberry hullers in the grocery store or online. As with all kitchen appliances, someone has this already figured out and made a tool that exactly serves the purpose perfectly well.

These are simple devices that look like a fat and fancy syringe pump and work precisely that way. It’s a highly affordable tool that makes hulling easy, effortless, quick, and accurate. This is the most accurate and efficient method compared to all the other methods, and that’s why we brought it first to you. Spend a couple of dollars and invest in this tool, and it will last you ages.

The tool has specially designed metal claws that dig into the fruit and remove only that part that needs to be hulled. All you need to do is press the button on the end to open the metal claws, push the feet into the stem end of the strawberry, and then release the button. This will clamp down on the hull and the stem separating it from the main body of the strawberry. All you need to do is twist the tool in a circular motion and pull it out of the strawberry.

And Voila! You have the cleanest cut and properly hulled strawberry. Trust me! All this takes just 3-4 seconds if you have done it a few times. Isn’t this wonderful? Especially when you have probably a couple of pounds of strawberries to clean and hull. Strawberries weigh at 12-20 grams on average, and by that size, you will have a few hundred berries to the hull at any point. You will run out of patience doing it any other way compared to this easy hulling tool. That’s why we recommend it. There is no particular science or process to it. It’s just a straightforward and efficient way. However, we do have other methods to try as well. Let’s check them too.

Hull Strawberries Using Knife

You will need your go-to paring knife because it’s easier to control and use when hulling strawberries. Hold the strawberry in one hand and the paring knife in the other. You will need good accuracy here because the fruit is small, and there is very little that you have to cut out.

For the best accuracy, hold the knife below the handle. Lift the leafy greens with your fingers to expose the white-colored stem that runs in the fruit. Point the tip to the area where the stem ends and the red color of the strawberry starts. Gently insert the knife in the fruit and run it circular but conical fashion to separate the white stem from the fruit. Once you complete the circle, the branch will pop out. Remove any additional parts that look white, belong to the stem, or look off place. That’s it. We explained it in detail, but you will need only a few seconds to do it.

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Hull Strawberries With Straw

This method is more fancy than practical, but it’s up to you. Many people find it safe and want to avoid using a knife to hull 50 – 100 strawberries, which exposes them to the risk of getting cut by the blade. You will need to have an intense straw that can last the process. If the strawberries are incredibly soft, this will be tough for you. The method is quite simple but may take time to get expertise. You can hold the fruit in one hand and pierce the strawberry from the opposite side towards the branch. As the straw hits the soft fruit, it will cut through it and pop out the hull from the top. Easier said than done, and you will soon notice it.

sliced and hulled strawberries in  a bowl

Final Words

That’s it. We would always recommend you use the hulling tool because it saves a lot of time and effort. It’s not a difficult task but requires skill and a lot of patience. You will run out of patience unless you feel hulling strawberries is meditative. Our recommendation for the methods to be used (with the least effort) is the process presented in this article. I hope the information has been helpful to you.

Jillian Noon

Hi, I am Jillian Noon, the owner of this beautiful cooking blog. I create this blog to share my passion for cooking and other kitchen & food tips. I hope you will enjoy it!

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