Storing Strawberries



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,

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Sue

Answer:

Sue,

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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Jennifer A. Wickes

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About The Author: Jennifer A. Wickes is a freelance food writer, recipe developer and cookbook reviewer. She has written several eBooks, and has had numerous articles, reviews and recipes in printed publications, as well as on-line. She is working on her first cookbook. For more information about Jennifer or her work, please visit her home page:
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Storing Strawberries

I always put a paper towel at the bottom of my bowl to absorb the extra moisture. Also, I wash and de-stem them when I purchase them; that way, I'm sure to notice any bad spots and cut them off before the seem to spread! (07/11/2005)

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Storing Strawberries

Always wash the berries BEFORE you cap them, otherwise the water will get inside of the berry and cause them to go bad faster.

Happy eating! (07/12/2005)

By Connie H

Storing Strawberries

I grow 4 different kinds of strawberries here on my acreage. I find that each kind of strawberry stores differently. One kind is an old variety that I cannot even leave overnight without it starting to go moldy so I have to clean it up as soon as possible, but it is a very very tasty small solid red berry. Another kind is very tasty, large, red throughout and keeps for days and days without mold, at least a week in the fridge.

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.

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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)

By brenda newton

Storing Strawberries

They don't last long for me either. Just buy as much as you can use in 3 days and check the package for signs of mold or drippings. (07/21/2005)

By Holly

Storing Strawberries

Store unwashed berries in a glass jar, with the lid in the fridge. They will really last a week! This tip comes from a U-Pick strawberry farm. (07/24/2005)

By carol

Storing Strawberries

What my mom does is puts them in an airtight bag and freezes them. She just made strawberry cheesecake the other day with the frozen strawberries(they were frozen for about 2 1/2 weeks) and it was delicious! (07/28/2005)

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By Jasmine

Storing Strawberries

I am 10 and I am doing a Science Fair project with strawberries. My question is," Which thing will store strawberries longer, ziploc bags, press'n seal or cling wrap. Which do YOU think will work?
(11/07/2005)

By Heidi

Storing Strawberries

Following a tip a friend got at a strawberry festival, I always fridge my strawberries in an airtight container with a paper towel at the bottom. Usually one layer but sometimes some stragglers lay on top. They seem to last about a week for me. (07/02/2008)

By Regina

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