How to Properly Store Strawberries in the Fridge for Optimal Freshness

Summer is the season for strawberries, and when they are in abundance, storing them becomes very important. Storing your strawberries correctly can make a huge difference in their lifespan and taste. Whether you’ve bought too many at once or just want to keep them fresh until your next strawberry craving hits, here’s everything you need to know about how to store strawberries in the fridge.

Choose Fresh Strawberries

When it comes to storage of any produce item, it all starts with picking out good-quality fruits. Make sure that you only buy berries that are bright red (or pinkish-red) throughout with no white or green spots on them. The stem should be attached and look fresh without any signs of mold.

Do Not Wash Them

Washing strawberries before refrigerating can lead to moisture retention and rotting which can shorten their shelf life. When you wash them, water will cling onto the surface of berries, which promotes bacterial growth making it more challenging for proper preservation. So avoid washing your berries until just before serving time

Evaluate Your Berries And Sort Them Out

Before putting your berries into storage determine what stage they’re at because this will influence how long they last in the fridge.

If some fruits have become overripe or damaged remove these from rest else they may spoil other healthy ones by emitting ethylene gas leading softening process faster than usual.

The best way is sorting out ripe ones from unripe/semi-ripe then put each category separately into containers.

The Perfect Storage Containers

Strawberries do well when stored uncovered so air passes through freely however; keeping loose fruit slices could easily spill rendering an untidy refrigerator space – use lidded food containers as an alternative.

In a clean container spread paper towels beneath its base (to absorb excess moisture), place whole / sliced strawberries evenly, cover them with a lid and seal properly. If you don’t have a container just wrap up strawberries in paper towels or plastic bags leaving minimal air inside then refrigerate, but remember to use them within two days.

Refrigerator Settings

Strawberries should be stored at temperatures ranging from 32°F to 35°F, which is why it’s important to set your fridge accordingly. Store the container of strawberries on the top shelf for better ventilation without overcrowding other foods.

The back wall tends to be cooler than other sections so it would be better kept there or in the crisper drawer if available.

Avoid Freezing Your Strawberries

Refrigerating strawberries doesn’t always mean they will last longer since this fruit still has a shorter lifespan – usually about three to seven days max. However freezing your berries could extend their quality by several months only when prepared correctly!

Do not freeze fresh whole strawberries instead slice them into bite-size pieces then lay these out onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper making sure that none touch each other before popping them inside freezer for an hour.

After an hour transfer frozen slices into labelled resealable freezer bags eliminating as much air possible before tossing bag back into deep-freeze section.

In conclusion, knowing how to store your strawberries properly will help keep them fresh and delicious for much longer! So follow these simple rules when storing this summer’s favorite fruit: choose fresh ripe berries, sort (and remove) any damaged ones while keeping others covered with lids/paper towels using containers or plastic wraps but avoid washing until ready-to-eat.

Also ensure refrigerator settings are correct avoiding freezing unless prepped perfectly makes all difference between enjoying sweet juicy servings versus bitter mushy ones weeks later!

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