Do You Need This Kitchen Tool?

Do You Need This Kitchen Tool?

Lisa Freedman
Jun 8, 2017
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It's no secret that we're skeptical of unitaskers around here. If you're going to spend the money on a gadget (and devote some storage space to it), it better be able to make your life easier, better, or faster in a bunch of ways.

We make very few exceptions for unitaskers (this lemon sprayer happens to be one of them), so it may come as no surprise to learn that not a single one of the staffers on our food team owns a strawberry huller — because they've decided they don't need one.

Do You Need One?

Probably not. Again, our entire food team works without one. What do they use instead? A paring knife. Or whatever knife happens to already be in their hands (if they're just chopping off the green stems and not worrying about coring out the white flesh).

Read more: The Best Ways to Store Strawberries

We've also learned that many of our readers (perhaps you included?) prefer to use a small spoon (like a teaspoon or a grapefruit spoon) or a straw (poke it through the bottom of the strawberry and it'll core out the white flesh and pop the stems right off).

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If You Want One

If — and only if — you are dead-set on getting a strawberry huller (maybe you really hate that white bitter flesh? Or you knife skills just aren't super fast?), there is one on the market that seems to make believers out of total skeptics. That's the StemGem by Chef'n. It's as cute as it is functional (it's designed to look like a strawberry!) and it makes quick work of hulling strawberries — better than any other option on the market. And as far unitaskers go, it's relatively inexpensive and doesn't take up a ton of room in a drawer.

Buy: Chef'n StemGem Strawberry Huller, $8

We want to hear from you: Do you own a strawberry huller? Do you want one? What do you use instead?

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