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How to Store Strawberries to Keep Them Fresh

Spoon University logo Spoon University 2017-07-13 Mackenzie Patel
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Summer smells like craft breweries and tastes like strawberries. These are the berries of humid months, of long-distance flirting and outdoor hikes that leave bright, red welts on the skin. Strawberries: ruby, juicy, and every other sensual adjective I can write. How to store strawberries is the last thing on an eager eater's mind. 

However, tasty as they might be, strawberries don't last forever. Like avocados, strawberries have a prime window of ripeness–until the honeymoon ends, and you’re left with mushy goo. Here’s how to store strawberries so they retain their flavour, despite the 85 degree+ afternoons and nights slapping mosquitos by the beer cooler.

I read several sources to prep for this article: wash strawberries in vinegar, store them in paper towels in the fridge, or freeze them for the long run. I compiled these random tips into the ultimate Keep Your Strawberries Fresh A F Guide; it’s time for a trip to Kroger, since your berries are about to get a facelift. 

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How To Store Strawberries

Prep Time:15 mins

Cook Time:0

Total Time:15 mins

Servings:1

Ingredients

  • Strawberries
  • White Vinegar
  • Water

Check out the original post for the full recipe.

STEP 1

First, separate your berries by time frame. When are you going to eat them? Berries that will be eaten within the next few days to a week claim one pile; long term strawberries (a month+) go in the other.

STEP 2

Weed out the rotten strawberries and throw them away. Spoiled or mouldy strawberries can ruin the whole bunch.

STEP 3

For the short-term strawberries, place them in a white vinegar and water mix. Sources vary as to the correct ratio of water to vinegar, but it’s safe to assume a 1:6 ratio (i.e. ¼ cup of vinegar and 1 ½ cup of water) is fine. Let them soak for a few minutes – this will kill any remaining bacteria/spores and freshen the berries.

STEP 4

Wash off the strawberries in a colander and let them air dry for 15 to 20 minutes. This will get rid of the vinegar taste.

STEP 5

The main enemy of fresh, succulent strawberries is moisture, so eradicate that with paper towels. To properly store strawberries in the fridge, place them in a plastic Tupperware lined with paper towels. The towels will absorb any remaining moisture and prevent mould.

STEP 6

For longer lasting strawberries, the key to longevity is the freezer. Instead of washing your berries, freeze them on a covered baking sheet (wax paper or plastic wrap works) for a 3 to 4 hours. Take them out and place in a Ziploc bag for long term storage.

See: storing strawberries is as easy as picking them off the vine. Your mouth can taste the stink of rotting, overripe strawberries, so treat it well with fresh foods. However, there is another secret method to having eternally fresh strawberries: devour the carton in one sitting–no preservation needed.

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