This Genius Hack Will Make Your Mushy Strawberries Juicy Again

It only takes 20 minutes to save mushy strawberries.

We’re all guilty of leaving the last handful of strawberries in the refrigerator a day or two past their prime. Instead of a juicy snack, these too-old berries are mushy and unappetizing. But what if there was a way to salvage them? This simple hack will help you SOS: save our strawberries.

Have you tried this strawberry storage trick?

Why do strawberries get mushy?

The fruit become soft when it loses water. Once a strawberry is plucked from its stem, it continues to slowly emit volatile compounds and moisture, but it can no longer replace them through its stem. Then, as moisture and nutrient levels continue to decrease, cell walls soften and may even collapse.

If a strawberry has mold or is dark and concave, it’s past saving. Instead of having loose or squishy cell walls, the cells have started to totally break down and the strawberry may be starting to ferment. Not good!

But when strawberries just look under the weather, getting water back into them will plump up the fruit again. You’ll have a fresh snack packed with healthy benefits for later. (You can use overripe or mushy strawberries in baking projects like this).

How to Fix Mushy Strawberries

You have everything you need in your kitchen for this hack. To bring some life back to your strawberries, collect a bowl big enough to hold all the berries with at least an inch of space between the top of the berries and the rim. Place the strawberries in the bowl, being careful not to squish them or mash them at all.

Then, cover the strawberries with ice. Pour cool water over the top so the ice is floating and set a timer for 20 minutes.

Pour off the ice water. (Instead of wasting it, I let the water warm to room temperature and used it to water my houseplants). You’ll see strawberries that appear lighter in color and restored to a plump shape. While you’re at it, learn how to wash blueberries to extend their shelf life.

This simple trick isn’t just a strawberry savior. Even wilted lettuce can be revived after a quick dip in ice water! Most delicate fruit and vegetables will need a shorter soak time, so be sure to watch them closely.

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Mandy Naglich
Mandy is an advanced cicerone, National Homebrew Competition gold medalist, drinks educator and writer. She’s shared her food and beverage expertise at Taste of Home for more than five years, writing about nonalcoholic beer brands, how to make the best Moscow mule and more. Her popular blind tasting classes in New York consistently sell out to groups that want to learn from a certified taster and professional recipe developer. Mandy is also the author of “How to Taste: A Guide to Discovering Flavor and Savoring Life.” When she’s not busy promoting her book, she’s creating content for her social platforms where she shares fun tidbits like the history of beer and other tipples as well as what to eat and drink at must-try restaurants. She currently lives, writes and brews in New York but documents her drink adventures on Instagram at @drinkswithmandy.