One of the biggest questions I get during strawberry season is, “What should I do with my berries when I get them home?” People today are so used to getting their produce from the grocery story, that they really have no idea what to do with something that is actually fresh.
There are different options of storing your fresh berries, but ultimately it depends on what you want to do with them.
- Leave them out on the counter-This is my number one recommendation to all of my customers who plan to eat their strawberries plain. We sell all of our strawberries within 24 hours of being picked. If they are going to be eaten within 48 hours, they don’t need to go in the refrigerator at all. Just leave them at room temperature and eat them. This is the way they taste the best.
- Put them in the refrigerator-This will help your berries stay fresh the longest, but they just won’t taste as well as keeping them at room temperature.
- Slice them up and refrigerate them-Remember, once the skin is broken on a berry, the quality will begin to deteriorate. As soon as you cut into them, they won’t last as long as they would if you just put them in the refrigerator whole, but they sure are handier that way. If you choose to add sugar, that will help preserve them a little more as well.
What is your favorite way to store fresh strawberries? Leave your comments below.