How to Keep Strawberries Fresh: Storing Strawberries Like a Pro

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Storing strawberries correctly is key to keeping them fresh for longer. Utopia will show how to store strawberries like a pro and how to keep them fresh for longer.

Freshly picked strawberries simply smell amazing and are rich in vitamin C, folic acid and other important nutrients. Unfortunately, however, strawberries are among the most delicate of fruits and can go bad in a blink of eye. Long shipping routes can also take their toll. Therefore, it’s always best to buy locally or pick them yourself to ensure you land the freshest fruits in your basket. Once they’ve made it home in one piece, it’s important you know how to keep your strawberries fresh.

Ideally, you should store the strawberries at room temperature and consume them the same day. Since water removes the fruits’ aroma, wash them just before eating and remove the stalks and leaves. You should always remove imperfections immediately, as mold tends to spread quickly in strawberries due to the high water content.

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Storing Strawberries in the Fridge

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Here are a couple helpful hints on how to store strawberries in the fridge. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - cocoparisienne)

If you can’t use them on the same day, you can store strawberries in the fridge. When stored properly, strawberries will keep fresh for up to two days in the vegetable compartment. It’s important that you store the strawberries in the fridge unwashed. Additional moisture will only cause the fruit to spoil more quickly.

To ensure that they get enough air, it is best to put your fresh strawberries in a large sieve when storing them in the fridge. Just be careful not to stack them too high. It is also a good idea to line the bottom of the vegetable compartment with a paper towel or tea towel to help absorb excess moisture. If you do not have a large sieve, you can also store the strawberries on a large plate or tray covered with a paper towel.

How to Freeze Strawberries For Later

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Don’t think you’ll get around to them by tomorrow? Into the freezer they go! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - ajale)

Storing strawberries in the freezer will keep them from going bad for up to a year. Check out Utopia’s guide on how to keep strawberries fresh for longer periods of time here: How To Freeze Strawberries Without Losing Flavor.

Utopia’s tip: Freeze strawberries one-by-one before storing them together in a single container in the freezer. This will make portioning a lot easier down the road. Simply place your fresh strawberries on a tray or large plate and freeze them apart from one another for a few hours, then combine in a freezer-safe container.

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How to Keep Strawberries Fresh: Canning Strawberries

Instead of storing strawberries in the freezer to keep them fresh, you can also preserve strawberries in glass jars. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Wash the strawberries thoroughly and remove the pistil.
  2. Place them into sanitized preserving jars.
  3. Boil a pot of water together with sugar in a ratio of 3:1.
  4. Let the sugar water mixture cool down.
  5. Pour the sugar water over the strawberries up to the edge of the glass and seal it tightly.

Now that you’ve got your fresh strawberries canned, it’s time to preserve them.

  1. Put the preserving jars on the rack in the oven.
  2. Fill a baking tray two centimetres high with water and slide it onto the rail under the rack.
  3. Heat the oven to 265°F until the water on the tray starts boiling.
  4. Turn off the oven and let the glasses cool down in the oven for around 30 minutes.
  5. Once the glasses have cooled down, remove and label them. Be sure to store your canned strawberries in a cool, dark and dry place.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this guide on how to keep strawberries fresh by storing them correctly. Feel free to check out any of our additional guides on how to cut down on food waste in the kitchen. Here’s a couple to get you started:

This article was translated from German to English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Erdbeeren richtig lagern: So bleiben sie länger frisch

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