Oxo Strawberry Huller and a Gluten-free Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

by autumn on July 1, 2013

strawberriesKelly and I have talked about this on the podcast, most recently in the context of me buying my first teapot at age 28, but I can be a little stingy when it comes to kitchenware. I have a hard time allowing myself to spend money on stuff for my kitchen–stuff some people might consider essentials–because in NYC it’s hard not to see everything you buy as something you’ll eventually have to move to another apartment.


I received a bunch of summer fruit tools from oxo as part of their blogger outreach program, which are just the sort of thing I would have trouble buying for myself. Of course, now that I used their strawberry huller, I can’t believe I went so long without it. What really surprised me about it and what I think makes it an especially good tool for preservers is that it seriously cut down on the amount of wasted strawberry. My pile of hulls was really just the little green strawberry tops. It helped me make quick work of a flat of berries that I brought home from the greenmarket this weekend. When I finished that, there had to be pie.


As is often the case when I make pie, I cobbled together a recipe. I used this strawberry rhubarb filling from epicurious and added a pour of vanilla extract, which I highly recommend. My go-to pie crust recipe is what I used for this quince cream cheese danish. The crumb topping, which is my current favorite, is a buckwheat crumble topping with some oats stirred in that I swiped from a recipe in Small Plates and Sweet Treats. My other favorite crisp topping is this one.

I’ve yet to find a pie recipe that satisfies all of my requirements–Do you do this too? Piece together your favorite parts of recipe to make something even better?

PS: Today is the last day to enter my giveaway of the new Saving the Season cookbook, my favorite new preserving book.

Disclosure: I received free summer fruit tools for editorial consideration from oxo, but my opinions remain my own.

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1 kelly @ kellybakes July 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

How you feel about this strawberry huller is how I feel about the OXO cherry pitter. At first I thought, “will I actually use this?” but since I bought it at Whole Foods (for a terribly exorbitant markup, mind you), I don’t know how I ate cherries without it! Also, I love that you use cocktail terms to describe your baking process (e.g. a pour of vanilla). Gorgeous pie!


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