Strawberries are a favorite summer treat for many people. Going out and picking your own can make for fun activity with family and friends. In order to make sure that you get only the best and that they keep long enough for you to eat them here are some tips to keep in mind when picking and then storing strawberries.
When it comes to selecting the perfect strawberry there are a few things handy tips to be aware of. First of all select bright red berries that still have their cap. Keep in mind that the smaller berries are usually more sweet and flavorful. Avoid any that are moldy, soft, or shriveled.
Strawberries are best when eaten right away. Make sure not to wash them until right before you are ready to eat them. This is because water on berries will speed up deterioration and then they will not last as long. If storage is desired place the strawberries on a paper towel in a lightly covered container and place in the refrigerator. The strawberries usually keep for 2 - 3 days this way. Strawberries can also be frozen either whole or sliced, make sure to put them in a container made for the freezer. Strawberries can be kept this way for up to a year.
~ Megin K for nhliving.com