How to Slice a Strawberry for Garnishing

Hello, friends! We’re back from NYC after a very exciting time at Carnegie Hall, where my daughter’s violin group played last week and won a very prestigious award (the only high school group to win the gold award). Abby’s in the middle (with the bun) as they are walking onto the stage … :)

Re-entry from travels is always hard for me. So much to do … you know how it is. :)

Yesterday morning we woke up to “Dad” cooking breakfast.

My kids are used to their dad’s cooking, using unusual foods, this time with purple fingerling potatoes. I’ll post this easy recipe for these potato patties later, but for now I want to show you an easy way to garnish a plate with a strawberry.

Strawberries, especially when they are bright and big and juicy, are a beautiful way to garnish a plate. An easy method I learned years ago is to use an egg slicer.

Using an egg slicer to slice a strawberry gives you perfect slices.

Wash the berry.

Lay it stem side down in the egg slicer.

Gently pull the top of the slicer down and slice almost all the way through, but not quite.

Put the slicer back up.

Fan the berry out on a plate.

It’s really that simple. And who would have thought … an egg slicer?

Have you tried the egg slicer method for slicing strawberries?

   

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9 Responses to “How to Slice a Strawberry for Garnishing”

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    Darla — March 26, 2012 @ 4:16 am

    That is SO clever. I just happened to buy strawberries yesterday. I intended to cut them up and puy them on my yogurt for breakfast this morning. I may just have to make fancy fans out of them now :-).

    Sometimes it is the simple things that delight me. Thanks Sandy!

    Darla

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    Heather @ new house, new home, new life — March 26, 2012 @ 5:25 am

    That’s such a neat trick – So that’s how they do so many in the restaurants!!

    I know how you feel about travel “re-entry” – I tend to go on a cleaning frenzy the minute I get through the door – it must be all the sterile hotels that make me think I better up my game.

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    Beverly — March 26, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    GREAT idea… Such a super way to pretty up the family’s breakfast plate… Thanks!

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    Kathy — March 26, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Thanks for sharing! I have one of those slicers, and never knew!

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    Aggie — March 26, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    Love this post! I need to get one of those slicers, my last one is no longer :)

    I got chills seeing Abby walking on that stage!! She is beautiful and I know you must be so proud!

    And yes, re-entry is very hard. :)

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    Lauren C. — March 26, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    Honestly, I just did this last night for the first time with my Kitchenaid egg slicer and on the third strawberry one of the metal strings broke off! Even though my strawberries were pretty soft :( So for all trying this, be careful. I hope your egg slicers are stronger than mine! :)

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    Noble Pig - Cathy — March 26, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    Getting out my egg slicer now because I haven’t used it to slice an egg in years.

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    Lizzy — March 26, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    I always use my egg slicer for slicing strawberries but never to make a fan. Fun idea, thank you for sharing.

    Congratulations to Abby and her violin group that is a great honor!

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    Laura — March 26, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    Great idea! I’ve been cutting the stem off in a way that makes the strawberries heart-shaped. The kids love it, and it’s fun for showers and weddings, but it takes awhile. The egg-slicer trick looks great and is something the kids can do on their own – bonus! Maybe to garnish the microwave omelettes they’ve been making? :)

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