Food, Lifestyle

A quick and easy strawberry hack

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
March 5th, 2017

There’s a few things that really bug me in this life. I hate the fact that I always have to wee two minutes after I’ve finished painting my nails. I hate when people don’t say “that’s ok” when you apologise for accidentally bumping into them (even if it’s THEIR fault) – and I hate cutting the green tops off strawberries. I know, that last one sounds a little random, but we’re big consumers of strawbs in our home. My kids love them and eat them by the bucketload, easily polishing off a punnet each within minutes. To say that I spend around $40 a week on strawberries is conservative, so that’s a lot of washing and chopping off of greenery going on.

I’ve attempted to just pull it off with my hands, but you’ve always got that little stalk bit sticking out of the top (“ewwww….I’m not eating THAT STICK BIT mum!”) so I’ve gotta go in with the knife, which bugs me the most because no matter how hard I try, I’m always losing some of the actual red strawberry bit in my pruning of the green stuff.

So of course, I did what I always do when I’m looking for a solution. I consulted the Internet…and it was golden success in the tip department for myself and my fellow members of the SSRHS – that’s Strawberry Stem Removal Haters’ Society for the uninitiated.  The quick vid below shows you everything you need to know but if you don’t want to watch it, here’s what you do:

– After you’ve washed your strawberries, grab yourself a straw. Poke the straw through the bottom of the strawberry (the non-green bit) and push it all the way up through the top. As it pokes through the green end, it’ll remove the annoying shrubbery and leave you with a perfectly hulled, greenery-free strawberry with ZERO wastage. Here’s a visual…

How cool is this?

How cool is this?

And here’s the vid.

What is the most popular fruit in your home?