Hulling Strawberries With A Straw

My girls and I spent the afternoon at a strawberry patch, picking strawberries with good friends of ours. It was so much fun! We came home with almost 40 lbs of strawberries. I plan on making freezer jam, strawberry pancake syrup, smoothies, popsicles, and strawberry bread.

We started the big job of washing and hulling the strawberries right when we got home.  I plan on mashing them up, then putting them in jars to freeze, thanks to this post I read.  (she talks about why she likes to mash them instead of freezing them whole).

{Click here for my favorite stainless steel straws}
I am so happy that I learned this secret to easy hulling from my stepmom.  All you have to do is poke em’ with a straw!  You start at the bottom of the strawberry, push the straw up, and the stem and white bit just pop right up!  My girls think it is quite fun, & my middle girl wanted to just keep going, even after hulling 10 lbs with me.  I said “Wow, honey, you are quite the hard worker,”  She said, “yup, as long as I have gum in my mouth” ???  I guess blowing bubbles while hulling strawberries is her thing.

Have any other ideas of how I can use up these berries?  I would love more ideas and recipes if you’ve got ’em!

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  • April
    July 3, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I want to thank you so much for this great idea! I featured your article in my blog post entitled “5 Kitchen Hacks Using Household Items That Will Blow Your Mind And Save You Time!” if you would like to check it out, here is the direct link!

    Thank you again (:

  • Susie
    June 13, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the straw tip! I was wondering if anyone has a real easy recipe other than freezer jam recipe, don’t have the room in my freezer to store them? Thanks in advance!

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  • Anonymous
    August 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I was going to go to the store to purchase a strawberry huller. Forget that; using a straw is the bomb! Fabulous idea. Works like a charm and its fun as well.

  • Anonymous
    March 2, 2013 at 2:25 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I wish I had some strawberries right now!

  • Anonymous
    July 28, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Great idea! I tried it today and it worked perfectly!!!

  • twinkle teacher
    June 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    wow this looks so cool and so easy! i know this will make we and my daughters happy when we try it next time we buy strawberries, and i’m all about the happy! Look for the twinkles, follow the winks and find your happy at 😉 -The twinkle teacher 😉

    June 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    u can make a Red coktail too.

  • Anonymous
    May 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Plse post your strawberry bread recipe. Thanks

  • Jenifer
    March 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Just don’t use super cheap straws… I don’t know where I got the straw but it would not go through! Gah!

    Also, grabbing a straw from McDonalds is cool too for some of the bigger hulls.

    Great blog!!!

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I love this idea it looks to save time and strawberry…

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  • Annapolis Agent
    February 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Strawberry bread?????? Do tell. please.

  • Anonymous
    February 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Put a little shave of dark chocolate in the now hollow strawberry. Pop in the broiler for a tiny bit, just enough to melt the chocolate. Inhale them. Totally addictive and delicious.

  • Anonymous
    February 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I once had to cut lots of strawberries in thin slices for cocktails and chocolate-moose. I ended up cutting them with that wire thing you cut boiled eggs with. It worked like a charm!

  • JeffandDanyelle
    January 21, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I had an old lady show me how to do this at walmart once when I was in college. My roommate and I were so excited we nearly made our selves sick eating the strawberries 🙂

  • Anna
    December 20, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Sheer brilliance!

  • Sarah Jio
    September 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Amy, this is an amazing idea! I’m going to be sharing on my blog on Monday! (I also blog here, at Thanks for the tip! xo

  • christi @ burlap and basil
    July 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    i did this when i made my jam this year and it was so easy! i didn’t photograph it … so i pinned yours and included it in my happy weekend post!

  • raisingcamelot
    June 19, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Abigail @ Raising Camelot

  • Tamber
    June 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I made some Strawberry Freezer topping with my extra toppings. We use it on crepes, waffles, or desserts.

    Here is the link.


  • thingsyoudidntdo
    June 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Great idea!!

    If you’re still looking for strawberry ideas, this one from one of my fav food bloggers, Deb at Smitten Kitchen is to die for!!

  • Mama E
    June 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the tip! Genius! Stopping by from Fireflies and Jellybeans Party.
    -Mama E

  • Silly Bee's Chickadees
    June 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Brilliant!!! I’m with your daughter, no strawberry should go to waste no matter how small! Personally, I think a nib is just the perfect size to dip into chocolate!

    Found you on Tip Junkie!

  • Amy Bowman
    June 10, 2010 at 5:17 am

    thanks for all your comments! this really is a fun way to do it, my oldest daughter loves to nibble the bottom of the hull, she won’t let any of the red part go to waste!

  • Cathy Kerton-Johnson
    June 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    This is such a great idea!! How beautifully the hull comes out of the strawberry. I always end up wasting so much fruit using a knife. And this is a fun way for the kids to do it too, without worrying about cuts or squished strawberries! Thanks!

  • jen
    June 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve done tons of strawberries in my life, and never have I heard of the straw technique! Gonna have to use that one.

    I like to freeze strawberries like they come from the freezer section of the store–just slice them up, place in a plastic freezer container with 1/4 c. sugar, and they’re good to go. It’s the easiest way to freeze them, and when you want them for anything, just thaw them and use them!

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      Slice them up. Up? what does that mean?

  • HoosierHomemade
    June 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Awesome! I haven’t visited you in awhile! Sorry, haven’t had any Procrastinating posts!
    I’d love for you to join in the party on my new blog, It’s A Blog Party!

  • Christi Williams
    June 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Oh man, this is a GREAT idea. So smart!! Thank you for sharing! I think I need to make more freezer jam 🙂

  • Amy Kinser
    June 8, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Will sure be trying the straw. That is a great idea.

    I just picked two gallons a couple of weeks ago and made some pies and preserves. Oh so yummy. I was headed back today to the patch to get more and found out they were done for the season. No more strawberries. So sad…

  • elizabeth @ twelvecrafts
    June 8, 2010 at 2:19 am

    This is genius. Why does everyone not know this? Can’t wait to go to the local patch and get my lot for jam and pies now.

  • Karen
    June 8, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I have never heard of this way of hulling strawberries either. I could see my boys having a blast helping with that!

  • ThyHandHathProvided
    June 8, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Amy, What a lovely blog you have here. I ADORE your header photo. I have never heard of hulling strawberries this way- fascinating:-). Happy crushing!

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