How to Keep Strawberries Fresh

Marin Mama's how to keep strawberries fresh

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!

Organic strawberries

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.

Container with paper towel at bottom

Lay some strawberries on the paper towel.  Be sure not to overcrowd them.

Lay strawberries in container with paper towel

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.

Second row of strawberries on paper towel

Seal the container and then put it into the refrigerator or keep it on the counter if consuming the berries in a day or two. This quick tip has really helped to keep my strawberries fresher longer.

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.

Strawberry mango and banana smoothies

We also love this simple three-ingredient strawberry bananna smoothie!

Strawberry banana smoothie

Here are some other helpful how-to posts!

How to keep kale and other greens fresh.

How to keep your greens fresh

Marin mama’s tips on keeping herbs fresh.

How to de-stem and thinly slice kale.

How to de-stem and thinly slice kale

How to roast chicken breasts.

How to roast chicken breast

How to roast red peppers.

Roasted red peppers on counter - How to roast red peppers

With love Jackie

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30 thoughts on “How to Keep Strawberries Fresh”

  1. What a fablous tip and it came at the perfect time because I just returned from the grocery store with a fresh batch of strawberries, and I already stored them away. I use to keep them in those green containers and they would get gross in a day! Thanks for the tip! Sarah

      1. Thank you for the tip!! I just bought a 3lb container and usually leave em on the counter {they go SO FAST) but wanted them to stay fresh longer(bugger container)!! THANK YOU

        1. Hi Katy! Yay! I’m so glad this tip helped you! I did recently read that if you’re going to use strawberries with in a day or two it’s ok to leave them out on the counter at room temp. They won’t become any riper, but they will become more aromatic and flavorful and become richer in antioxidant activity! So, good to know! xoxo, Jacquelyn

  2. Great tips! I’ve had that problem with the mold ruining the whole batch quickly and I’m so bummed when I see that. I’m going to be on the look out for fresh strawberries soon from the farms around us, love strawberry season. I usually make strawberry freezer jam for the year with them. Yum! Such a summery post, love it! xoxo, Sharon

    1. Thanks girl! John is the jam maker in our house. He makes the best strawberry and blackberry jam!

    1. Woo hooo! So glad that I could help Danielle, and I hope they last a bit longer for you! Enjoy those strawberries 🙂

  3. Thank you Jackie This is awesome- perfect timing too- I just got 2 containers of strawberries in my CSA box today. They are now cushioned in layers of paper towels in a container in my fridge :o) XO Kathy

    1. Awesome Kathy! I think this tip truly came at the perfect time, so glad you saw it and applied it! xoxo, Jackie

    2. Awesome Kathy! I’m so glad that you saw my tip and applied it. Great timing 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

  4. The abundance of strawberry posts I’m seeing on all the blogs lately is making me so happy, it means spring is in full force at last. I appreciate these tips- and I checked out your popcorn recipe, too. Luckily we’ve got plenty of coconut oil 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for this tip! It works amazingly well. I have kept strawberries nearly two weeks this way. The only change I made is to use dishcloths (I have lots of old ones that I don’t mind getting stained) instead of paper towels.

    I am so glad to have discovered your blog and have tried many of your recipes. I just wish my kids ate as much of your food as your children do! They are soooo picky. But that way I get all the kale salad! 🙂

    1. Hi Nancy! Yaaay! Glad you discovered the tip and that it’s working so well for you! I love your idea of using old dish towels, very green of you 😉
      I bet your kids will slowly get used to the kale. Mine didn’t always love the kale either, but the more I kept introducing it to them, the more they got used to it and the more they starting liking it, but I do find that I have to buy 2 heads of kale now instead of one each time 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

    1. Hi Christine. It really works and has saved me tons of strawberries over the past few years. It’s the first thing I do when I get strawberries home from the market. 🙂

  6. I found this post/your blog a couple of days ago through a Google search. Want to say thank you for the tip on storing strawberries. I tried it and the difference was very significant in keeping the berries fresh until we were ready to eat them tonight.

    1. Hi Julie! Yaaa! I’m so happy that you found my site and that this tip really worked for you. It really does make a difference in keeping strawberries fresh. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

    1. You’re so welcome girl! I just picked up my first organic strawberries of the season yesterday and I’m so happy. I love berry season!
      xoxo, Jackie

  7. Thanks for the tip! We just picked 13 lbs of strawberries at a U-pick field today for Mother’s Day! I have some all over the fridge and some in the freezer for smoothies.

  8. I’m so happy that I found your wonderful tip. I’m applying it tonight and look forward to lovely strawberries in the morning. Thank you so much for being kind enough to help us … and please extend the thanks to Carolyn.

    1. Hi Irene! You will totally love how it keeps your strawberries fresh! It really works 🙂 xoxo, Jacquelyn

  9. Thanks Marin Mama, this is great! Now, I can have long lasting strawberries and not rush to eat them…great idea.

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