Norpro Tomato Core It

Last updated date: April 9, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5

Norpro Tomato Core It

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Overall Take

The Norpro Tomato Core It works best on larger tomatoes, thanks to the large metal corer. It's compact and easy to grip while you work, and the cutting edges stay sharp for a long time. It's dishwasher safe, but you can also hand wash it as you would to keep a knife's blade sharp. In our analysis of 16 expert reviews, the Norpro Norpro Tomato Core It placed 2nd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best Strawberry Huller for a detailed review of all the top strawberry hullers.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
491 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
They’re compact and easy to clean (Christensen says she runs hers through the dishwasher, but you can also just clean the metal part as you would any other knife), and Christensen says the metal teeth keep their sharpness for a long time.
- EATER
Affordable and effective, the Norpro performed exceptionally well when removing the core from larger tomatoes. The main reason for the great performance is the large head. No tomato corer we tested had a bigger scoop area than the NorproCorer.
- Moo Review
What experts didn't like
The only downside is the workmanship. While the corer was solid and lasted well through a box of tomatoes, it just feels a little cheap. But at least this is reflected in the price.
- Moo Review

From The Manufacturer

Essential tool for those who process tomatoes or strawberries for canning. Significantly cuts down prep time and much easier than using a paring knife. Stainless steel teeth and durable, heavy duty plastic. Effortlessly core your tomatoes and strawberries without mangling fruit. To use for tomatoes: Insert teeth of corer at stem and twist out. To use for strawberries: Hook stem off with teeth of corer.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 5
Norpro Tomato Core It
2. Norpro Tomato Core It
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 2
Tovolo Strawberry Huller Slicer Pitter
3. Tovolo Strawberry Huller Slicer Pitter
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 2
Kasmena StemGem Strawberry Huller
4. Kasmena StemGem Strawberry Huller
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 1
Yafook StemGem Top Stem Strawberry Huller
5. Yafook StemGem Top Stem Strawberry Huller
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
TJgo StemGem Top Stem Remover Strawberry Huller
7. TJgo StemGem Top Stem Remover Strawberry Huller
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
Ashero Top Stem Remover Strawberry Huller
8. Ashero Top Stem Remover Strawberry Huller
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
Dvcline Easy-Release Stem Remover Strawberry Huller
9. Dvcline Easy-Release Stem Remover Strawberry Huller
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1
OXO Good Grips Easy-Release Strawberry Huller
10. OXO Good Grips Easy-Release Strawberry Huller
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 1
Fox Run Strawberry Huller, 2-Pack
11. Fox Run Strawberry Huller, 2-Pack
Overall Score: 7.1
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Strawberry Hullers

Strawberries are among the most delicious summer fruits but preparing them can be a pain. This is especially true if you’re serving them in large quantities. You have to remove the stem, then hollow out the center. True, you can eat around the core and stem, then toss it in the trash, but that doesn’t work if you’re using them in a dish like pie or shortcake.

If you’ve ever hulled strawberries, you know how much work it can be. Technically, you could just slice off the top of the strawberry, but then you’re tossing the very edible area around the stem in the trash, as well. Instead, hulling means inserting a knife near the stem, then cutting in a circular motion.

There’s an easier way, though. With the right tool, you can remove the disposable part and leave the rest of the fruit intact. These tools will take out the stems and leaves in a quick, easy motion. Some even feature a fun design that adds a little whimsy to your food prep.

But there are several different types of hullers, each of which uses a different method for extracting the stem and leaves. Some use a claw-like end to grab the leaves so that you can twist and pull. Others are more like a straw, which takes out the entire core of the strawberry, leaving a small hole in the center. But one favorite type of huller is like a tiny ice cream scoop, which allows you to quickly dive in and grab only the leaves and stem at the very top.

While the type of huller you choose is a matter of personal preference, it’s important to look at how they each work to make sure you know what you’re getting. If you’re giving a huller at a gift, there are plenty of novelty designs that will definitely inspire a smile when they unwrap it.

DWYM Fun Fact

As you’re enjoying strawberries, you may not think much about how they’re harvested. Strawberry plants can be harvested in a wide variety of soil, but the climate in the area in which they’re grown contributes to the eventual shape and size. The most flavorful strawberries are called June-bearing, while everbearing strawberries produce two main crops each year. Lastly, there are day-neutral strawberries, which flower and fruit throughout the summer months. Strawberries can vary in shape from oblong to wedged to conic. But unlike other types of fruits, you won’t find that strawberries continue to ripen after you’ve plucked them from the ground.

The Strawberry Huller Buying Guide

  • Although most hullers are fairly easy to clean, when working with items that can leave sticky residue behind, a good practice is to rinse it with warm water after using to keep liquids from hardening.
  • Like knives and other utensils with blades, you may want to hand wash your huller whether it promotes itself as dishwasher safe or not. It could help keep the blade sharp longer.
  • Some find hull removal easier if they twist off the leaves first. By doing so, you’ll be better able to see what you’re doing.
  • Strawberry hullers can make great gifts. Some feature a fun novelty design that makes them great for housewarming parties or as stocking stuffers during the holidays.
  • Not all strawberry hullers are made of durable materials. If you plan to use it frequently invest in one designed to last.
  • Strawberry hulling can be tedious work. Look for a huller with an ergonomic handle, in a comfortable size for your own hands, to avoid fatigue when hulling a large pile of strawberries.
  • Although ergonomics and comfort are important, there are benefits to a more compact huller. You’ll likely find they’re easier to store, plus they tuck into a silverware slot in your dishwasher.
  • Some hullers take more out of the strawberry than others. One that blasts a hole through the center, for instance, may not leave enough fruit for you to enjoy.
  • Strawberries aren’t the only foods you need to core. Some hullers also work with tomatoes, carrots and other fruits and vegetables requiring removal of a concentrated area.
  • If you plan to use your strawberry huller for foods other than strawberries, look for one that can handle the size of the fruits or vegetables you’ll be using it on. If you need to core tomatoes, for instance, you may find that a smaller huller can’t do the job like a tomato corer, which is designed for the larger size.