It’s strawberry season folks! Yippee! So today I thought I would share with you a quick tip that I learned from my friend Carolyn from Gather Weekly on how to keep those ripe strawberries fresh. Carolyn is the queen of the farmers market and always has great kitchen and produce tips for me. She is sort of my go-to person for anything cooking related. Anyway, she showed me this simple, but helpful tip a few years back, and it’s really helped to keep my strawberries fresher longer.
First off, try and buy local organic strawberries if they’re available. Buying local mean they’re fresher and will last longer, and local produce always tastes better than something that has been shipped in from another state. Buying organic strawberries is preferable because they’re cleaner, contain more vitamin C then conventional ones, and are more effective at killing cancer cells. Conventional strawberries are near the top of the lists of the most contained fruits in in the United States, yikes!
When you return home from the market, check any berries for mold and then be sure to compost any moldy berries. If the moldy berries are left with the fresh berries, then the mold will spread to the fresh berries as well, and we don’t want that! Also, don’t wash your strawberries or take off their green stems. You only want to wash your strawberries right before you’re ready to use them. Strawberries retain water and they will get soggy and soft.
Helpful Tip: Also, if you’re going to eat the strawberries within a day or two, then you can keep them on the counter at room temperature. The strawberries won’t become any riper at room temperature, they will actually become more flavorful and aromatic and also become richer in antioxidant activity, pretty cool!
How to keep strawberries fresh:
Get out a glass or plastic storage container that has an airtight lid. I prefer to use glass containers, but if you don’t have glass, a plastic one will work.
Line the bottom of the container with a plain paper towel. You may have to tear it in half like I did to fit the container. The paper towel helps to absorb any moisture.
Lay another paper towel over the first batch of strawberries, and then place more strawberries on top. Do this only if your container is large enough, you don’t want to smash the strawberries when you put the lid on.
If you love strawberries, then you will love this easy and refreshing strawberry, mango and banana smoothie. I make these up daily for the kids this time of year. It’s their favorite after school snack. I just pair it with a batch of our favorite popcorn.
We also love this simple three-ingredient strawberry bananna smoothie!
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