Tuesday’s Tip: The Straw that Broke the Berry’s Back
The boys are big strawberry eaters – and spring is the only time we ever have them fresh since it’s the only time they’re in season. And typically, I don’t buy much fruit from the smiley-faced mega-mart, but when strawberry packs are on sale for $1.50 or less, I grab as many as I can. The boys eat their fill, and I freeze the rest for our fruit smoothies or strawberry freezer jam (check out this freezer jam recipe from Amy @ New Nostalgia that uses a lot less sugar!).
I read this out on the web at some point this week, forgot to mark it, but still want to share it. Someone can link me up if they remember the blog. (ETA! I found it – and of course it was on Amy’s blog – one of my favorites! Hulling Strawberries with a Straw – and she’s got better pics than I do!)
Quick Strawberry Hull tip
One quick note – while I’m using an aluminum straw in the photo, a regular plastic straw will work well, too. (BTW..the aluminum straws can be had at 7-Eleven).
# 1 – Place straw at the bottom point to the strawberry
#2 – Gently push the straw up through the strawberry, being sure to aim for the middle of the crown as you push through so that you get all of the crown off.
Discard the crown and use the strawberry as you had planned! I did 3 qt. packages in about 5 min, much faster than I did using a paring knife…and I kept more of the fruit intact.
Frozen strawberries can be used in fruit smoothies or great as ‘ice’ in strawberry lemonade. You can crush it to make a puree to freeze or convert to jam.
What is a favorite kitchen tip you can share?