The Easy Way to Store Strawberries
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Did you know?
- Strawberries are grown worldwide and are the most popular berry.
- Strawberries are the only fruit that has seeds on the outside.
During the summer, I usually buy three baskets of strawberries every week. We mostly just cut them up and eat them plain, or we add to our salads, smoothies, and water for a delightful fruity taste. But the thing is I want the strawberries to look just as fresh as when I bought them days later. Right!!
left in the fridge without tender loving care
The Care and Keeping of Strawberries
Once you get your berries home make sure to get them into the refrigerator because these berries like to stay cold. Then follow these steps to keep these red berries beautiful and delicious.
1. First and foremost – Do Not Wash The Strawberries – wash them when you are ready to eat them.
2. Get a flat container with a lid large enough to hold the berries in a single layer. I love my Tupperware container, but other containers with a tight-fitting lid will work just as well.
3. Put a layer of or two of paper towel on the bottom of the container
4. Put the strawberries on top of the paper towels in a single layer
5. Put another piece of paper towel on top of the strawberries
6. Cover with the lid and put in the fridge
7. When you take the strawberries out of the fridge to eat, wipe off the condensation on the lid – berries do not like moisture. Sometimes I will replace the top layer of paper towels to keep the berries dryer.
There you have it. Follow this simple trick for keeping your strawberries cold and dry and your berries will stay fresher longer.
How to use those not so perfect strawberries
Tips for using old strawberries
- Pick over the berries to make sure they are not molded then rinse the berries, dry completely then cut off the green tops. Put the berries in a plastic freezer bag and freeze for baking.
- Use older berries for strawberry jam.
- Make strawberry butter for toast, biscuits, and pancakes.
- Make a quick strawberry sauce to add to desserts. You can even freeze the strawberry sauce for later.
One last set of tips before you go. Here is the best way to wash your berries.
- Fill a bowl with water and add a splash of white vinegar. The vinegar will kill the bacteria on the strawberries.
- Let soak for about five minutes.
- Drain the vinegar water and rinse the berries.
Let’s make some delicious strawberry desserts
Strawberry Curd Tarts are a perfect summer dessert filled with fresh strawberry curd in flaky pastry shells.
Here are some of my favorite strawberry items you might like too.
First Published: June 24, 2019… Last Updated: Feb. 12, 2021
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