Food critics weigh in on a strawberry huller.

From 89 cents to $1.50


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Jennifer Mastroianni: What the heck is a strawberry huller, you may wonder. Well, it’s a tweezerlike device with rounded, sharp edges used to remove the fruit’s green cap and inner white core while leaving the berry whole. Handy gadget, right? Not so much. The tool works OK on big, firm strawberries, but it cuts out too much of the fruit with small berries. And if the berries are soft and ripe, the huller mashes the flesh. I’m sticking with my own hulling method -- pulling off the leafy cap with my fingers, then cutting out the core with the tip of a paring knife. Forget the huller, but here is another strawberry tip: Use an egg slicer to quickly and evenly slice washed and hulled strawberries.


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Saimi Bergmann:  Ah, it had such promise. This overgrown tweezer is priced right, and it wouldn’t take up much space in a utensil drawer. It cuts into the strawberry like buttah. Then you squeeze and pull and ... nothing. No matter how hard I squeezed or twisted, it came out empty, leaving the strawberry core inside.