Note: Do not wash strawberries until ready to eat. Rinse strawberries gently but thoroughly under cool running water, drain in a clean strainer, and pat dry with a clean paper towel.
Picking from a garden: Strawberries do not ripen after they’re picked, so it’s important to pick when the berry is fully red, without green or white areas.
Selecting at the store: Choose glossy, bright red berries. Avoid fruit with signs of spoilage, shriveling, mushiness, or a dull appearance.
Storing fresh berries: Store in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator in a clam-shell container or partially opened plastic bag.
How to Freeze Strawberries– Refrigerating or freezing is the best way to store berries: Freezing them is an easy way to make them last longer while keeping their nutritional value.
- After rinsing, gently blot dry.
- Slice stem off at top of berry.
- Place cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
- Place uncovered in freezer for 24 hours.
- Transfer strawberries to a freezer bag or container.
- Frozen strawberries can be stored frozen for several months.
(California Strawberry Commission, n.d.) For more information and recipes, visit www.Californiastrawberries.com