OXO Good Grips Strawberry Huller
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- Simple, efficient tool for removing strawberry hulls
- Works in a single motion to pierce and scoop
- Plunger push-button releases the removed hull
- Signature non-slip surface and comfortable grip
- Safe in the dishwasher; button removes for cleaning
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Note: To be perfectly honest, I want the white part completely gone, so I still use a knife most of the time. But if I don't feel like working so hard, I have this.
Many people have a lazy way of preparing strawberries that never tastes right - i.e., they just rip the stem off quickly, or at best they'll make a quick cut at the white part. But my mother's way tastes far better - make a circular incision into each 'berry, making sure the white is mostly gone, leaving only the flavorful part. Up until now, all the hullers in stores have been cheap, flimsy, and awkward - kind of a joke. But OXO finally figured out how to make a one-size-fits-all contraption for the strawberry that works perfectly every time (except when the 'berry is exceptionally small). One quick, unskilled swipe (push in, turn, pull the tool out sideways), and you can move on. For most sizes, you can even get the hull out without the extra step of pulling the leaves off (just rinse them afterward to loosen any that got stuck).
So this makes the job quick and easy, helping you get to the best of the fruit in the best way, with significantly less effort.
Another thing to consider - it also eliminates the danger of slicing into your fingers from holding a knife in an awkward position. So... if you prepare a lot of strawberries, or aren't very skilled at hulling, or have arthritis, or have kids who want to help out, then this is a good investment.
Where does it fall short?
1) I find that I need to pull out the leaves by hand before I use the huller otherwise there are bits of green left behind as the huller minces through the leaves to get to the hull. The product description claims you don't need to do that.
2) You need to get the hang of how to use the huller - I find I have to pierce the fruit at a slight angle so I can scoop the hull out - occasionally the hull just caves into the fruit when you pierce it and you have to turn the fruit upside down and shake the hull out.
When it does work right, I do like the taste of strawberries with the 'not so sweet' hull out, plus it improves presentation on desserts and such when the white hull is absent.
Am I going to replace this tool? I doubt it...unless I am convinced there truly is a huller on the market that has it down pat!
I purchased the Chef'n StemGem a couple of years after I bought the OXO huller and I don't use the OXO any more. The Chef'n is better designed and allows you to control how much hull you want to remove based on the size of the strawberry which is very useful.
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At one point, I take the huller apart and then put it back together kinda funny, ignore this... that's the only time it's ever happened and it was really easy to fix! So don't let that dissuade you from using this product.
Some might ask "why not just use a knife?" and my response to that is that knives are sharp and can be awkward when trying to COMPLETELY hull a strawberry. Also, the end result might not be quite as pretty and, for me, using a knife takes longer than using this huller. In the video I slow the process down so you can really see how to use it properly, but in reality it's quite fast to use this product.
The overall product design/concept is good. It is easy to use, easy to clean and inexpensive. Yet it has some flaws which Oxo will probably fix in later versions of this product.
1. I suggest hulling the strawberries first and then washing them because when you hull them, little bit of the leaves get inside. OR you can wash them, pull off the leaves and then hull them, but I think that is a waste of time.
2. This really only works well with the average size strawberries (approximately 1 inch or so).
With the smaller strawberries, the huller mangles the fruit.
With the larger strawberries, the huller does not remove the entire hull so you still have to remove a little piece of the hull. Also, with the larger strawberries, the hull tends to get stuck in the product so you have to pull it out by hand instead of pushing the button to release it.
Overall, this is the only strawberry huller I have and I will keep using it because it makes hulling faster and I usually am hulling 4 lbs. of strawberries but I think using a paring knife is fine for those who do not hull many strawberries at once.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OXO Good Grips Strawberry Huller. Does not work like I thought it would.Published 20 days ago by Lynn
I love all OXO products...except this one. I am so disappointed that this really doesn't work that well. I wish I would have bought a "scoop" model. This is tedious to use. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy C McMahon
I wish they didn't discontinue this. I ordered a backup in case my original breaks. I have the original one for a couple of years and I love it - it is still going strong.Published 10 months ago by BeagleMama
Does not work very well. Doesn't pull the stem from the berry, even if you hold the fruit upside down to let gravity help. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Slo Mozey