With the strawberry season in full swing, eleven gadgets for removing the stalks and leafy tops of the seasonal fruit were put through their paces by national newspaper ‘Daily Mail’ last week.
In the report, published last Thursday (June 30), two housewares products won full marks of five out of five: Trudeau’s Strawberry Huller and Dexam’s Chef’n Stem Gem Strawberry Huller.
The Trudeau device was described as resembling a giant pipette. It’s a metal straw with an air-filled rubber sack on the end. The user inserts the straw through the bottom of the berry and pushes through so the hull and leaves pop off. They remain in the end of the tube and are removed by squeezing the sack.
The ‘Daily Mail’ verdict was: ‘Ingenious! Takes the hull off strawberries quickly and easily.’
The Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller from Dexam is a device with a push button mechanism. The user pushes the button to open four stainless steel prongs, inserts them into the fruit, releases the button to close the prongs around the hull, and then pulls the hull out.
The newspaper’s verdict was: ‘Brilliant. Worked on every size of strawberry.’
Dexam commented: ‘Adorable and simple to use, the StemGem will appeal to both children and kitchen-gadget fiends alike. And the fun strawberry design makes it easy to find it in the gadget drawer.’
Other products tested were Strawberry Huller/Corer by Kitchen Craft, Holden’s Huller, OXO Good Grips Strawberry Huller, Kuhn Rikon Strawberry Knife, along with a potato peeler, small spoon, icing nozzle, straw and tweezers.
The Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller from Dexam