I was desperate over loosing my berries to mold so one day I thought I would try doing this and, to my surprise, it worked. I bet if you tried the same thing with tomatoes, it will prevent them from over ripening too.
By GloriaZ from Hoffman Estates, IL
By mkymlp from NE PA
Editor's Note: A little honey also works well for this.
What is the best way to keep strawberries in the refrigerator?
By Renee from Omaha
Tupperware sells four different size containers that are blue green and have ridges in the bottom. Also on the side are two white buttons to push to open a couple of small holes for air circulation. They are perfect to keep unwashed strawberries for up to a week or more. The smaller one holds a small plastic clamshell of strawberries from grocery stores. By the way, I'm not a Tupperware dealer but am thrilled to find that container. I just found the name in a catalog. They are "Fridge-Smart."
What I have done for years is this; I wash the strawberries and cut them up into the desired size pieces. I put them in a container with a cover (like Tupperware).
I then add a bit of sugar or sweetener (I add one or 2 packs of sweet and low for every container) and add enough water to cover the berries. They last that way for weeks-I use them on my cold cereal all year long. In the summer they are great on top of angel food or pound cake with some whipped cream or Cool Whip. Yum! You can also do this with other berries!
By Jennifer A. Wickes Question:
I have a question. Whenever I buy strawberries, it seems that they don't last long in the fridge. I know that I can freeze them, but was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on storing them in the fridge longer without them going bad. Thanks,
Strawberries, due to their size, cannot last more than 4 - 5 days in the refrigerator. Store unwashed berries on a paper towel in a single layer, in a moisture-proof container for 2 - 3 days. When freezing, place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze. When completely frozen, place in an airtight container for 2 - 3 months.
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Happy eating! (07/12/2005)
By Connie H
I rinse the berries with the stems on and destem then, or not destem and store in the fridge uncovered. They will last for days in there. When freezing them, I cut the berries into manageable sized pieces, put a little sugar on them, toss to coat and place in ziploc bags. There again, the heritage variety is better for jam because when frozen it doesn't keep its shape as it thaws, whereas the Maxim strawberry keeps its shape even after being frozen.
Strawberries that are bought from the store can be days and days old already BEFORE you buy them. How long they will keep in your fridge is directly linked to the kind of berry they are and how old they were before you purchased them. (07/21/2005)