Removing Leaves From Strawberries | How To


Summertime and strawberries go hand in hand around here. With the cost of produce going up, it pained me to see how much strawberry was going down the drain. My old method of trying to remove it by simply chopping off the top wasn’t cutting it anymore.

Here is an inexpensive, quick and easy way to conserve your berry and still remove all the leaves.

Tools needed:  1 ordinary straw  :   strawberries


* Starting from the bottom, slowly push the straw up through the middle of the berry.


* The berry is fairly hallow through the middle so you don’t lose much meat. Push through the top to “pop off” the leaves. I’ve noticed that sometimes my aim is off a bit and some leaves are left behind. I pull the straw back in just a bit and re-aim pushing back through the top again.


* Here you can see I had to go through the top of the berry twice to remove all of the leaves, but I still didn’t take a lot of berry with it.


* Most of the time what you removed slides right of the straw. If not, it’s not a biggie… it actually helps strengthen the straw a bit. This is my sink after two containers of strawberries. I love how it’s now mostly leaves and far less strawberries.


* They are still pretty enough to use whole or slice away for shortcake!



  1. Lindsay Sorensen says

    Love this idea!! I’m so going to be using this method next time I do strawberries. I too am a just cut the tip off, but not anymore!!!

  2. Jennifer Dysart says

    Wow I feel so silly for not thinking of this on my own, great tip, I eat so many and always cut off the tops. Will try this tip!

  3. Chantal says

    Neat! Sometimes the very tip of the strawberry is full of seeds anyway, so it would be nice to get rid of that, too.

  4. What a great idea. Who’da thunk it? Thanks for sharing. Our strawberries a just coming on so now it will be easier.

  5. Micaela H says

    One of those tips I wish I knew a long time ago. Now I need to get some strawberries to try it.

  6. Mimi says

    Ok, that is just cool! We’ve got a ton of strawberries coming in and I can’t wait to start munching!

  7. Barbara says

    Someone showed me this tip some years ago, and I’ve used it ever since–it’s fast, and it really works!

  8. How clever is that? My daughter loves strawberries and I hate trying to slice the tops off–I will definitely give this a try.

  9. I never even thought about removing the leaves from strawberries like this! This is a better was than cutting off the tops! I am going to remove my strawberries like this from now on! Thanks for this post!

  10. lisa lo says

    Tried this. The straw bent and took too much time. A little sharp knife is much better and faster

  11. Jessica Bradley says

    Believe it or not I have a special ‘tool’ that takes the stem and leaves off, it looks like a tiny melon baller with spikes on it and you only remove the top middle leaving the rest of the strawberry intact.

  12. Sandy VanHoey says

    Now that is something I never thought of in all these years of mine. Thanks for the great tip and the perfect time of year for some strawberries

  13. oooo thanks for shaing.. I just bought strawberries this weekend.

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