Sometime in the next three or four weeks I’m hoping we’ll be able to load up the car and head out for our annual strawberry picking excursion.
I absolutely love this fruity season, and whether I’m buying mine directly from the farm, at the market or in the store, I always find that as soon as I walk in the door with my bundle of berries, they begin to ripen.
Since they’re so expensive and not in season for very long, I try my best to store and wash them properly in order to maximize their longevity. Here are some tips on what works well for me:
- Keep berries in a container that has holes or vents (colander or the plastic container they come in at the store). This will allow the air to circulate and ensure the berries stay fresh.
- If it’s humid in your home or fridge, place your berry container in a loosely closed brown paper bag to protect the fruit. Humidity can cause berries to spoil quickly.
- Never wash the berries before you are ready to eat them. In order to remove the dirt prior to serving, place the berries in a large bowl of fresh, cold water
and gently toss them around to remove the dirt particles.
- Remove the berries gently by hand and place them on a towel-lined plate or tray and allow them to dry.
- Be careful with handling the berries so they don’t bruise, and don’t leave them in the water too long or they will get waterlogged.
- Trim the hulls only prior to serving, cutting as close to the leaves as possible.
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