Strawberry season is in full swing. They’re ripe, rosy and ready for eating. But if you’ve bought up big while they are two punnets for $5 and you’re not snaffling them straight from the punnet fast enough, they can start to go bad. So the question is, what can I do with extra strawberries? Here’s some quick tips and tasty strawberry recipes for you to try now.
How to store strawberries for longer
You’ve bought all these strawberries home with the best of intentions but they’ve gotten buried in the back of the crisper drawer and they’re now not looking as plump as they used to. Here’s how to keep that strawberry blush going until you’re ready to use them.
Leave the stem on as long as possible: when you’re 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 shops, 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 mouldy faster.
Don’t let one berry spoil the whole bunch: if you notice one strawberry going mouldy, remove it immediately. Mould can spread extremely fast, remove the spoiled berries before it ruins the rest of the batch.
Vinegar bath: There is a groundswell of people who swear by soaking the fresh-bought strawberries in a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water before drying and refrigerating. This helps prevent mould from growing on the berries.
Berrylicious recipes to make with extra strawberries:
From a quick berry jam to drizzle over your show-stopping pav, to a savoury dip or salad, try these tasty strawberry recipes for spring and summer entertaining.