Keeping Fresh Strawberries Fresh

When Strawberries are Ripe and Fresh and Delicious (and affordable) I just cannot resist them!

Strawberris from Picking Drying

This week I went Strawberry Picking and picked almost 7 pounds of berries. When you make lots of yummy things (like Strawberry Yogurt Pops/Pudding Pops, CakesSalsa, & Jam) AND eat them right out of the bowl, they don’t last too long since you gobble them up so quickly. But you need to make sure that they stay fresh so they are as good on Day 5 as they were on Day 1 (if they last that long)! Fresh-Picked Local berries have a much shorter refrigerator life then store-bought berries which were probably picked before their peak-ripeness and ripened during shipping.

By rinsing your berries in this super-easy rinse, you will lengthen the life of all your berries. One easy step to not only clean your fruit but also to keep it fresh – AWESOME!

 

Step 1: Pick/Buy fresh delicious Strawberries

Step 1: Pick/Buy fresh delicious Strawberries

Step 2: Have a Clean sink and fill with 1 part White Vinegar and 10 parts Water

Step 2: Have a Clean sink and fill with 1 part White Vinegar and 10 parts Water

Step 3: Soak to rinse/wash berries for a few minutes

Step 3: Soak to rinse/wash berries for a few minutes

Step 4: Let your Strawberries dry

Step 4: Let your Strawberries dry

 

This method (which I have shown you in step-by-step photos) I found on Pinterest, via The Frugal Girls. You want to have your Strawberries soak in a sink/bucket full of 1 Part White Vinegar & 10 Parts Water. Then just drain them in a colander or a cooling rack until completely dry. Finally store in the refrigerator in a bowl lined with a paper towel (and towels between your layers too)

Berry Picking wash in vinegar

 

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite [natural] food storage strategy?

 

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Keeping Fresh Strawberries Fresh — 6 Comments

  1. Another tip: dry them off in front of a fan! The less time they sit wet, the less bacteria and fungi will grow on your berries.

  2. Have you ever used the Rubbermaid produce keepers? Cut fruits and berries last a very long time as all the “juices” drip to the bottom of the container and the fruit sits on a rack. They’re hard to find and expensive but they are worth finding and using. LLK.

    • We have a few of these and they are PERFECT, especially for bringing your fruits to work or in a lunch box with you 🙂

  3. We picked up a couple of boxes of fresh strawberries near the mountains of north Georgia. They pick the strawberries right out back, so it doesn’t get much fresher than that! The whole market smelled of wonderfully ripe strawberries, so of course, I had to purchase way more strawberries than we could possibly eat. Therefore, I decided to make some freezer jam. I used the low sugar pectin (the Sure Jell pink box) because we don’t like things too sweet. I made the jam with a recipe that is right inside the little pectin box. I read some reviews on line and honestly, that recipe is as good as any for making jam. Mash the fruit, boil the pectin, sugar and water together then add the fruit. Voila! Strawberry jam!