Here’s How to Store Strawberries the Right Way

Inspect the Strawberries:  Before storing, carefully inspect the strawberries to remove any damaged or spoiled ones. Discard any berries that show signs of mold, mushiness, or discoloration.

Keep Them Dry:  Mold grows in strawberries, therefore moisture is bad. Keeping them dry is crucial. Before eating, don't wash strawberries since additional moisture might ruin them faster.

Use a Paper Towel:  If the strawberries are damp when you bring them home, gently pat them dry with a paper towel before storing them. Make sure they are completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

Store in a Container:  Place the strawberries in a container that allows for airflow, such as a shallow dish or a plastic container with holes for ventilation. Avoid stacking the strawberries on top of each other, as this can cause bruising and spoilage.

Line the Container:  If using a plastic container, line the bottom with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture and help keep the strawberries dry.

Refrigerate:  Once the strawberries are properly stored in a container, place them in the refrigerator. The optimal temperature for storing strawberries is between 32°F and 36°F (0°C to 2°C).

Keep Them Whole:  It's best to store strawberries whole, as cutting them can cause them to lose moisture and spoil more quickly. If you need to remove the stems, wait until just before serving.

Check and Rotate:  Periodically check the strawberries for any signs of spoilage, and remove any berries that have gone bad. Additionally, rotate the container to ensure even air circulation and prevent the berries on the bottom from becoming squished.

Use Them Promptly:  While properly stored strawberries can last for several days in the refrigerator, it's best to consume them as soon as possible for the freshest taste and texture.