It’s that wonderful time of year when we are blessed with an abundance of fresh and vibrant seasonal fruit and veg. Amongst this selection, bright-red strawberries have made their return. They’re sweet, soft and bursting with flavour.
Whether your ready to devour the whole carton or you have recipes ready to put the strawberries to good use, knowing how to store them properly is the key. Remember strawberries are delicate and should be treated with care.
3 rules for storing strawberries
Leave the stem on as long as possible: when your ready to enjoy your strawberries you can then remove the stem but keep your stems on for as long as possible as this prolongs shelf life.
Wash as you go: although it is very tempting to wash your strawberries as soon as you get home from the grocery store, you should only wash your strawberries right before eating them. If you wash them as soon as you bring them home they can soak up every bit of moisture, which is what turns them mushy and also wet berries will more likely become moldy faster.
Don’t let one berry spoil the whole bunch: if you notice one strawberry going moldy, remove it immediately. Mold can spread extremely fast, remove the spoiled berries before it ruins the rest of the batch.
3 best places to store strawberries
Store on the countertop: if you are using your strawberries the day you bring them home, there is no need to put them in the fridge. You can leave them at room temperature on the kitchen counter.
In the fridge: if you don’t plan to eat your strawberries the day your bring them home, the best place for them is in the fridge. Remove the berries from their original container and store them whole and unwashed. In a partially closed lined container, with paper towel to absorb any excess moisture
In the freezer: if you choose not to use your strawberries in the next few days you can freeze them. Ensure you remove the stems, halve or slice them and then freeze a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Store in a airtight container or ziplock bag. These frozen strawberries are perfect to be added into smoothies.
Now go get yourself some gorgeous strawberries and try these scrumptious recipes.
Strawberry recipes to try
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