Strawberries are a delicious, lively addition to mugs and salads. They’re also notoriously tricky: they don’t last long at room temperature, and they can taste bland after just a few days in the fridge. Here’s how to keep strawberries fresh for a week—no ice cream maker required. We’ll show you how to make a puree, spoon it into an airtight container, and store the leftover puree in another container with olive oil or vinegar. The result is less spoilage than traditional refrigerator storage methods, so you won’t have to throw away berries that could have been enjoyed as part of your next meal.
Strawberries are sweet, juicy fruits that look gorgeous when they’re fresh. But if you leave them out on the countertop for a few days, they quickly lose their luster and become overripe. With a few easy steps, though, you can keep strawberries fresh for up to a week — thus saving yourself from throwing away perfectly good berries.
More than any other time of year, strawberries are in season from May through July. During this time, you’ll find that they’re redder, juicier, and sweeter than during the rest of the year. While strawberries are delicious on their own and make for a delightful snack or dessert, they’re also versatile enough to be used in sauces, smoothies, salads, and even cocktails.
How To Keep Strawberries Fresh For A Week
Strawberries are one of the most delicate fruits, and they can easily spoil if you don’t take proper care of them. Given the short shelf life of strawberries and the fact that they are often sold by weight, it is important to know how to keep strawberries fresh for a week so you can enjoy them for longer.
First, remove any leaves from the tops of your berries. Next, place them in a colander under cold running water for about 5 minutes (or as long as it takes for all excess moisture to be removed). This step ensures that any dirt or bacteria will wash away with a minimum amount of effort on your part.
Finally (and very importantly), soak your berries in several changes of lukewarm water mixed with 1/2 cup vinegar per gallon; this should help eliminate any remaining debris while preserving their flavor. After rinsing once more under cold running water until they are clean and dry on both sides—and patting them dry using paper towels or kitchen towels—your strawberries should be ready for eating.
Start by removing the leaves on the strawberries.
The first step to keeping your strawberries fresh is to remove the leaves. You can either pull them off with your hands or use scissors, but it’s best to be careful not to leave any behind.
Next, you’ll want to remove the stems and tops of each strawberry. If only one side has a stem and top, cut it off completely so that they’re even on both sides.
If there are still any green leaves left on your berries, now would be a good time to trim those off as well (they don’t taste good).
Finally, trim any brown parts from around the base of each strawberry (this will give them more room in their containers), but leave some red parts on so that they look nice when displayed in baskets.
Next, place the strawberries in a colander.
Then, place the strawberries in a colander or sieve and rinse them thoroughly with cold water. You will want to remove any leaves from your fruit so as not to get any dirty green bits on your clean strawberries. You can either do this by hand or with a small knife.
Run cold water over the strawberries, using your hands to gently loosen dirt and debris.
To wash your strawberries, run cold water over them and use your hands to gently loosen dirt and debris. If you have a colander, you can place the strawberries in it for washing. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply put the strawberries in a bowl with room for them to move around freely. You should also use a paper towel or dish towel to dry them off when they are no longer wet.
Fill a large bowl with cool water and add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water.
- Fill a large bowl with cool water and add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water.
- Add the strawberries to the bowl, making sure to not submerge them in spices or other berries that may be floating around in your kitchen.
- Leave on the counter for about 10 minutes, then rinse under cold water before using or storing in an airtight container for up to one week (if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers).
Soak the strawberries in the mixture for about 10 minutes.
Soak the strawberries in the mixture for about 10 minutes. Rinse the strawberries under cold water and pat them dry with a clean towel. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat, but not longer than one week.
Rinse them under cold running water and pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towels.
Rinse them under cold running water and pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towels. They should be dry before storing in the fridge.
Don’t store strawberries wet, because they can get moldy quickly—and that would really put a damper on your day.
Store berries on paper towels or in a single layer in shallow containers or bowls, in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- Store berries on paper towels or in a single layer in shallow containers or bowls, in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- Once strawberries are cut and exposed to air, they’ll start to turn brown. To prevent this from happening, toss your sliced berries with lemon juice or water (to disperse some of their natural acidity). Store them covered with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- If you’re not going to eat them right away after picking, gently rinse them under cool water before storing them in the fridge; most produce is packaged wet so that it doesn’t lose too much moisture when it gets cold fast but this also means there’s more moisture present than you might want inside your fridge—soap can actually cause more damage than good unless you really need something stronger than what’s already there.
Try this method next time you want to keep your strawberries fresh for longer
Strawberries are a fruit that can be stored for up to a week. If you want to keep your strawberries fresh for longer, try this method:
- Wash the strawberries with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Let them air dry completely before placing them in the container of your choice.
- Fill a large bowl or plastic container with ice cubes and pour enough water over top that they cover the berries by about an inch (you don’t want to drown them). This helps keep their moisture levels consistent so they’ll stay fresh for longer.
- Place your freshly washed berries on top of your ice cube-filled container until they are frozen solid—this should take around 4 hours depending on how cold the room temperature is where you live.