Strawberries are a very delicate fruit that does not last long, especially if not stored properly. It has happened to everyone to open a package of fresh strawberries and find that they have gone bad soon after buying them. Sometimes we ourselves contribute to the rapid decay of this wonderful fruit with our wrong actions.
One of the most common mistakes is to wash the strawberries, put them in a bowl on top of each other or store them in the fridge. In such cases, we have more than once pulled out moldy strawberries, unfit for consumption.
How then should we properly store strawberries so that they are more durable and fresh? Here are some helpful ways.
How to Store Whole Fresh Strawberries
When strawberries are stored properly in the refrigerator, they can stay fresh for up to a week. Before eating the strawberries just in case, always check them for mold and other signs of spoilage.
Place the strawberries in a glass container. You can close them with a tight lid or leave them in a dry and airy place on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. It is important that they are not wrapped in plastic or in a plastic container, as they are often sold in.
Another good method is to arrange them on a dry paper towel so that the strawberries are not touching each other. Place them in a glass container. It is important not to wash them because this accelerates the rotting process. You will wash them immediately before consumption. Store in refrigerator.
You can rinse strawberries with a 1:3 solution of vinegar and water. Then drain them well, arrange them on a paper towel and blot well on all sides.Place them in a glass container, again lined with paper. Do not stack them on top of each other. Refrigerate.
How to store sliced strawberries
If you prefer to cut the strawberries and store them like that, you can use the aforementioned methods in the same way. They are also valid for sliced strawberries.
You can wrap the sliced strawberries with plastic or aluminum foil so that it is tightly closed. However, it is important to know that even if you follow the recommendations, washed and cut strawberries have a shorter shelf life. They can be stored for no more than three, maximum four days in the refrigerator.
Strawberries can be successfully frozen. Unlike other fruits, strawberries can be frozen in any form – whole, cut, halved, mashed.