When I first started to cook for myself after college, I loved buying and using every gadget that Bed, Bath, and Beyond had to offer. However, when I was growing up, my mom always said "Real chefs don't use gadgets." At first, I didn't understand what she was talking about, but then I was introduced to the wall of gadgets with an avocado slicer, the cherry pitter, and mango splitter.
Chances are if the name of the gadget contains a specific food, it's a unitasker that Alton Brown would abhor and can easily be thrown out with the proper use of a knife. I have since made my mom proud and brought my kitchen items down to the basics.
Last week during Valentine's Day, there were tons of dishes using strawberries and one of my pet peeves surfaced everywhere.
Do you notice the little piece of stem and a lot of the tart, white part (the hull) on the prepped strawberries? No one wants to eat that!
Check out the picture of someone slicing through the strawberry to remove the stem.
This person removed all of the stem, but a portion of delicious strawberry is removed as well!
Here's a diagram so you understand what I'm saying.
|Credit: Foodie in Disguise|
You can buy a strawberry huller of course, especially if you're making copious amounts of preserves or pies.
However, most people will only eat a few strawberries at a time. Also, gadgets take up precious drawer space and cost money!
Here's how to hull a strawberry with a simple paring knife.
1) Insert the tip of your knife at the point where the red and white parts meet.
2) Keeping the knife steady, turn the strawberry slowly in a circle. Voila!
Seriously, it's only two steps and worth knowing how to do.
Check out the lovely strawberries minus the tart hulls, and the green tops without any yummy strawberry goodness attached!
What is your most & least favorite kitchen gadget?