Food Storage Friday is about food storage and provident living. I believe that slowly building up stores of food, water, medication and money, enough to sustain a family for at least 3 months, shows prudence, forethought and self-reliance. Having these resources will give you peace of mind and prepare your family for both good times and bad.
It’s good to visit with you today. I’ve been waiting all week for this! I am eager to show you something I learned last week. But, I wanted to wait for a Food Storage Friday to show you.
I think it is a marvellous little trick. Grab your tea (but not a big cup, this won’t take long,) and prepare to be amazed.
Even though this is a Food Storage Friday post it doesn’t only apply to readers who put food up for winter. If you have ever eaten, or ever plan to eat a strawberry, read on.
It may be too late for strawberries where you live. We are at the tail end of it here ourselves. I have never heard of the season lasting into September before, but it has. I didn’t want to wait until next spring to share because I might forget. I doubt it because it’s made such an impression. But, I might.
Coincidentally, I had just bought one of the last quarts of local strawberries from Indian Garden Farms two days before I saw this. I gave it a try right away. It worked so well I grabbed my camera and started taking photos. Are you curious yet? Let me introduce you to …
The easiest way to hull strawberries I have ever tried!
You will need
strawberriesmetal or plastic drinking straw
sense of adventure
Step 1 – wash the berries
Step 2 – insert the straw into the bottom of a berry
Step 3 – push the straw slowly up through the center of the berry keeping it pointed toward the center of the hull
Step 4 – be astonished as the hull pops off the berry, usually in one piece, along with a perfectly round core. Repeat.
If like me you process strawberries for storage every year, imagine how easy this will make your life! I don’t know about you, but standing in my kitchen cutting off strawberry hulls with a paring knife for what feels like for-ever is not really my idea of a good time. Pushing a straw is way more entertaining!
J Using a straw to hull is fun
J There is less waste for the compost...chickens…rabbits
J Fingers don’t get stained (caveat: this applies to hulling only one quart. Fingers may get stained after hulling several quarts at once, especially if the berries are really juicy.)
So, when you get ready for strawberry season remember, there is a new use for that drinking straw at the bottom of the cutlery drawer.
Tips: If the strawberry has grown two points on the bottom, push the straw through the longer point.
If the hull is too big to be removed with one straw insertion do it again starting in the same hole at the bottom and angling the straw a bit to catch the errant piece of hull.
Disclosure: The beautiful site where I first saw this idea is here.
Until next time…