You love strawberries. We love strawberries. But let's face it, they're delicate little things that can turn on you in a second. No worries, though - we've got you covered with some handy tips on how to store and clean strawberries like a pro.
Don't wash strawberries until you're ready to eat them. Washing them too soon can cause moisture to build up, which can lead to spoilage.
Store strawberries in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process. Place them in a container with a lid or cover them with plastic wrap to keep them dry.
Remove any leaves or stems from the strawberries before storing them. You can also place a layer of paper towels at the bottom of the container to absorb any excess moisture.
Don't stack strawberries on top of each other, as this can lead to bruising and spoilage. Place them in a single layer in a container or on a plate.
Use strawberries within a few days of purchasing them. If you have too many, you can always freeze them for later use.
Cleaning and Washing Strawberries:
Fill a large bowl with cold water and add a splash of white vinegar. The vinegar will help kill any bacteria on the strawberries.
Gently place the strawberries in the bowl of water and let them soak for a few minutes.
Remove the strawberries from the water and rinse them under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris.
Pat the strawberries dry with a clean towel or paper towel.
Strawberries are typically grown in the ground, but they can also be grown in containers or hanging baskets. They require well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight, and should be watered regularly. Strawberry plants produce runners, which can be trimmed to encourage more fruit production.
When harvesting strawberries, it's important to pick them when they're fully ripe. This will ensure that they're at their sweetest and juiciest. It's also important to handle them carefully to avoid bruising or damaging the fruit.
Go Strawberry Picking: If you are not that adventurous (or don't have a green thumb like me); the end of April/ Early May is a great time to take a day with your family or a solo trip to go strawberry picking at a local farm. Just make sure you wear rain boots or shoes you don't mind if they muddy.
So basically, strawberries are a delicious and nutritious fruit that require proper storage and handling to keep them fresh and delicious for as long as possible. By following these tips for storing, cleaning, and washing strawberries, as well as some information on how they're grown, you can enjoy this wonderful fruit to its fullest potential.
Here's a cool blog post all about strawberries if you're interested diving deeper.
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