What's the best way to remove the green bit without losing half the fruit? We've got a clever trick with a drinking straw

Nipping out a strawberry stalk and the white bit underneath is calling 'hulling'. Indeed, now tell your friends.

The hull is bitter, gets stuck in your teeth and is best kept for garnish puposes only. 

 

How to hull a strawberry ... with a straw

  1. Insert straw into base of strawberry
  2. Push straw all the way through until it removes the stem
  3. Discard the hull and slice strawberry or serve whole

 

If that's not for you:

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How to hull a strawberry

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Not so keen on the black nail varnish, but it's a quick way to hull a strawberry

Hull a strawberry ... with a knife

Don't chop the top off, just use a knife to hollow out the stem:

  1. Hold the strawberry in one hand and a sharp paring knife in the other
  2. Insert tip of the knife where the white part starts on top, angled towards the centre
  3. Turn the strawberry (not the knife) all the way round to cut out a cone shape
  4. Done!

 

Now your strawberries look pretty, you can make the most of them in these strawb-tastic recipes:

 

Easy strawberry layer cake

Buttery biscuit. Juicy strawberries. Creamy soft cheese. Yes please ...

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Easy strawberry layer cake

Photograph: Seven

 

Strawberry ricotta pancakes with salted caramel sauce

Sarah Randell's leaning tower of fluffy pancakes, juicy strawberries and tangy ricotta is a decadent breakfast.

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Strawberry ricotta pancakes with salted caramel sauce

Photograph: Martin Poole

 

Strawberry and orange jelly

Fruit gets funky in this retro strawberry jelly.

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Strawberry and orange jelly

Photograph: Seven

 

Individual strawberry and raspberry puddings

We don't always like to share our pudding. If you're the same, rustle up these individual puds with strawberries, rasperries and stem ginger.

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Individual strawberry and raspberry puddings

Photograph: Seven

 

Strawberry shortbread

Make a quick and impressive dinner party dessert with Rachel Allen's shortbread stars, stacked with sliced strawberries and lightly whipped cream.

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Strawberry shortbread

Photograph: Seven

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