How to Cut Strawberries into Hearts

It takes ten seconds (literally).

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By Heath Goldman for Food Network Kitchen

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or just looking to prepare an extra cute treat, you’ll love how easy it is to cut strawberries into hearts. Here’s how.

Photo by: Heath Goldman

Heath Goldman

1: Choose the right strawberries. Your hearts will be prettiest if you use medium-size round strawberries – not the huge ones that have lots of folds.

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Heath Goldman

2: Remove the stem with a paring knife. But instead of slicing it off with one flat cut, cut around the stem in a "v" shape. There you have it! A heart-shaped strawberry.

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Heath Goldman

3: If you’d like, you can make flat-sided hearts. Simply proceed to cut your strawberry in half lengthwise to create two heart-shaped strawberries perfect for decorating cakes or cookies.

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