Expert Tips from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- Bring ’em home: Buy the plumpest and most fragrant berries you can find. They should be firm, bright and fresh-looking, with no mold or bruised spots.
- Use them in a recipe: One pint of strawberries yields 1-1/2 to 2 cups sliced.
- Save the washing until you’re ready to use them. Strawberries stay fresh longer if unwashed, with stems on, in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator. Strawberries soak up moisture from washing, which can make them spoil in a hurry. It’s not a long way from wet berries to moldy berries.
- How to keep cut strawberries fresh: Like washing, it’s best to save cutting until you’re ready to use your berries. If you’ve already sliced them, slide out a cookie sheet and line them up for the freezer.
How to Store Strawberries
What you’ll need:
- Paper towels
- Cookie sheet
- Freezer bags
Day-By-Day Tips for Storing Strawberries
Day 1:The best way to prevent strawberries from spoiling? Enjoy them while they’re fresh! If you’re going to use your berries right away, leave them at room temperature.
Day 2:Stash berries in the fridge, preferably in the crisper. This drawer controls moisture, so berries won’t dry out. To keep them from going the other direction and getting too damp, tuck a paper towel in the container of berries to absorb excess moisture.
How long do strawberries last in the fridge? Up to five to seven days.
Day 3 and Beyond: To keep your berries past their peak season, wash and place them, whole or cut, on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer to heavy-duty freezer bags that have been labeled and dated for longer freezing.
Whether to keep strawberries in fridge or not depends on when you’ll be using those sweet little jewels. A fridge keeps them nice for a day or two, but longer than that and you’re looking at a stay in the freezer. Keep your shortcakes, salads and cereals ready for an extra layer of garden goodness.