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Strawberry Storage Tips

The Best Way to Store Strawberries

Earlier this week I purchased two small baskets of beautifully ripe strawberries. However, within 48 hours, the strawberries had gone bad (as you can see from the photo!) and some were covered in mold. It made me wonder: what's the best way to store strawberries?

Well, first things first, don't wash the berries until you're ready to eat them. Excess moisture could cause them to spoil quicker. Start by removing the berries from the store-bought package. Discard any that are starting to look bad.

If you've got a large fridge with plenty of space, store them in a single layer on a paper towel lined cookie sheet or plate making sure that none of the berries touch. Don't have a lot of room in the fridge? Place them in a glass container with a lid. If you're lucky, they will stay fresh for up to a week!

What's your tried-and-tested technique for storing fresh strawberries?

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Strawberry-Steve Strawberry-Steve 5 years
Actually, I recommend slicing off the bad spots on the berries, then washing them, then allowing them to air dry. Washing the berries removes many of the mold spores that their skins may have picked up from other strawberries. But it is important that the berries dry off after the wash, because you are quite right, moisture does encourage mold growth. Unfortunately, you can't really get away from the moisture problem, because fresh strawberries are 92% water by volume. If you want the berries to last up to a week, the best thing you can do is place your washed fruit in simple syrup (half water/half sugar syrup). Sugar at that concentration will greatly slow most molds and bacteria. If you'd like to learn even more about strawberries, feel free to visit my website, I hope this helps!
Advah Advah 5 years
Look at the strawberries you've just bought - it's very likely a couple's already very very ripe and will go bad within the next two days and spread mold.
lekatvt lekatvt 5 years
I was just googling this yesterday! Strawberries are BYGO at my local market and they always go bad way too fast. Thanks for the tips!
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