Kuhn Rikon has a new line of fun brightly colored kitchen tools and the Strawberry Knife Colori makes a great handy tool for hulling and slicing strawberries quickly and easily.
Ease of Use/Performance: 21/25
How much I enjoy 25/25
Some kitchen tools stand the test of time; I still use the Epicurean Garlic Press that was a top rated kitchen gadget by America’s Test Kitchen. Simple and functional design makes for the best tools whether it’s a kitchen or handyman gadget and I am impressed with the Kuhn Rikon Strawberry Knife Colori.
The Strawberry Knife Colori is a fun colored strawberry hulling knife and a paring knife in a pocket knife design that is made from plastic and high carbon stainless steel with a painted coating for blade protection. The blade and strawberry huller blade folds into the handle for protection and safety when not in use.
I have done some research and found basic designs to a strawberry huller with a scoop like device such as Kuhn Rikon’s, tweezer like devices and a basic tube from Oxo. The designs have a lot to do with how you go about your daily use and I find that a general scoop works quickly and easily.
The scoop works well but the Kuhn Rikon design has little teeth to allow for a better cut through the fruits soft end while hulling. The knife also has the paring knife blade so you can simply turn the handle around and pull out the blade for slicing.
I made quick work of several quarts of strawberries and much to the delight of my family tested a lot of recipes with fresh strawberries. I used the huller on more than my fair share of strawberries over the last few weeks and was glad to see the price drop for a couple of weeks during the review.
When I first got the Strawberry Knife Colori I thought it looked like a useful gadget as long as it worked so I ran to the grocery store but strawberries were $3.99 a quart. Kuhn Rikon sends me a fruit knife for a fruit that is out of season but all is not lost, I like to find other uses for gadgets and one was as close as my fridge.
I went home with dashed hopes of trying out my new kitchen gadget until a few minutes of searching on the internet under strawberry huller turned up a few ideas. I ran to my kitchen fridge and pulled out tomatoes from the previous weekend that were fully ripe and quickly hulled the stems and that hard little spot.
I made quick work of several Roma tomatoe ends to be used for lunch and after a few days was happy to see the price of strawberries drop. I also went to The Taste of Homes Cooking School and found a few recipes for strawberry desserts that I wanted to try hence my families delight.
I have used the strawberry knife for at least 10 quarts of strawberries over the last three or four weeks and can definitely say that the Kuhn Rikon knife works well. The knife is simple to use and does not take any getting used to like some gadgets, you can pick up strawberries and the knife and get to scooping out hulls without any learning curve.
The motion of grabbing a strawberry and scooping one to the next is simple unlike having to be more careful with a simple paring knife. I also had no problem with squishing the more ripened fruit so the scoop end works well on both harder and fully ripe fruit.
I also saw a huller that has a claw like device and this seems to work well but again squishing the strawberries is a problem according to some users. The scoop with teeth cuts and scoops while you’re cradling the strawberry so there is less chance of crushing the fruit in your hand.
I have not tried other hullers like the Oxo or Chef’N Stem Gem claw but the basic scoop works well and you get a slicing knife on the other end to work those berries into your favorite recipes. I find that having the knife on the other side works well and even is handy when working on a recipe as you don’t have to dirty another gadget while cooking.
The Kuhn Rikon Strawberry Knife Colori is a simple and useful gadget that hulls strawberries and tomatoes quickly and easily that comes with my full recommendation. You can find the Kuhn Rikon Strawberry Knife Colori at the Kuhn Rikon website and online at Sir LA Table, Amazon and other websites for about $12.