Tips for Storing Fresh Cherries in the Fridge

Cherries are a delicious and nutritious fruit that can be enjoyed throughout the year. They have a short season, usually starting in late spring and ending in early summer. To enjoy cherries for as long as possible, you need to store them properly. This blog post will guide you through how to store cherries in the refrigerator.

Choose Fresh Cherries

Before storing cherries in the refrigerator, it’s crucial to select fresh ones. Look for firm, plump cherries with shiny skin and bright color. Avoid cherries that have bruises or soft spots as they indicate they have been damaged during transportation or storage.

Wash Your Cherries First

It’s best to wash your cherries before placing them inside the fridge—it eliminates bacteria on their surface that could cause spoilage later on.

To clean your fruits:

1. Rinse under cold running water
2. Gently scrub each cherry with your fingers.
3. Dry them carefully using paper towels

Note: Don’t use soap when washing your cherries because it can leave residue and affect their taste.

The Best Way To Store Cherries In The Refrigerator

The most effective way of storing fresh cherries is by keeping them dry inside an airtight container or ziplock bags after cleaning up excess moisture from rinsing earlier.

Here are some steps to follow if you choose this method:

1) Line a plastic food storage container or bag with paper towel
2) Place washed and dried off cherries into containers/bags,
3) Layer more paper towels over top until filled
4) Seal the lid tightly

Alternatively, you may place unwashed freshly picked berries (the stems still attached) into perforated plastic bags lined with paper towels but stored at 34°F – 36°F temperatures for optimal results within three to four days.

Good Practices For Storing Cherries

Here are some additional tips you should consider when storing cherries:

1. Avoid washing cherries until just before eating.
2. Store them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator’s compartment with humidity control to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage
3. Keep the temperature between 34°F – 36°F (1°C – 2°C) for optimal conditions.
4. Avoid placing any fruits, vegetables or meat products that emit ethylene gas near cherries as it will ripen and shorten their shelf life prematurely.

In Conclusion

Storing fresh cherries properly is essential if you want them to last longer without losing their quality and flavor. By following the steps highlighted above, you can keep these delicious fruits fresh for up to a week or more in your fridge! Remember to clean your cherries first, choose good quality ones, store them dry inside an airtight container/bags lined with paper towels and avoid exposing them too much ethylene gas emitting substances for optimal storage results!

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