Don’t you just love strawberry season?
Beautiful bold red strawberries are appearing on the plants: sweet-tasting and juicy, what more could you want.
There are a number of ways to use those berries, whether it’s eating them straight up (I won’t judge) or putting them into recipes.
The real key to making them last longer is to keep them stored properly to make sure that they last.
So how should strawberries be stored?
How Long Do Strawberries Last?
Typically, they last between five to seven days, however, this also depends on how you store your strawberries. The best practice is to put a paper towel in a container, add all the strawberries as a whole (Don’t wash them beforehand), and close the container partially. The paper towel helps to keep the fruits fresh since all excess moisture will be absorbed and it’s harder for mold to grow.
Where To Store Strawberries And How Long They Last
Strawberries are best frozen after they arrive at your home if you are not planning to use them immediately.
You can remove the stems, either slice or chop them up, and freeze them on a baking sheet in a single layer until frozen solid.
Keep airtight in a sealable container or ziploc bag.
Strawberries can bear chilling temperatures, however, the best place to keep them is the crisper drawers in your fridge.
Just be careful that they are not squeezed by other vegetables, and also add a paper towel to the container where you store your strawberries.
By maintaining humidity, berries are not able to lose moisture and become dry.
Arrange in a single layer, place the strawberries into the container without washing.
You can expect to get about 5 days from storing the berries in this manner.
Store On A Counter
Strawberries shouldn’t be refrigerated if they are going to be eaten the day they are brought home.
You can keep them on your kitchen counter at room temperature. Strawberries will only last one day storing this way.
How To Tell If Strawberries Are Bad To Eat?
If you have strawberries but aren’t sure how long they have been there, you can check for signs of spoilage.
Strawberries will spoil fast, especially if they have not been stored correctly.
Ensure you know the signs of a bad strawberry, so you don’t end up eating one.
- Moldy: If the specimen has any white or gray mold on it, it has been spoiled.
- Soft, mushy, or bruised: A soft strawberry is usually not that tasty and past its prime.
- Lost color.: You should probably throw them out if they have lost color and are no longer a fresh red color.
- There is a strange odor: It’s a sure sign that fruit is spoiled if it has a funny smell.
Use common sense as well as the above guidelines. It’s probably okay to eat a specimen that’s just lightly punctured. If you pick the strawberry early, it is likely to have green spots.
In the fridge, strawberries can last up to a week, depending on a variety of factors.
There are several things to consider, including the quality, storage container capacity, if any arrive spoiled, etc.
The fruit may go bad sooner than usual in most cases.
To avoid mold or crushed ones, keep checking them every day and remove any starting to spoil.
Methods To Use To Make Strawberries Last Longer
Storing On Paper Towels In The Fridge
The storing of strawberries on paper towels, then, must be tested with both rinsed and unrinsed berries if we are to know whether it keeps them fresh.
The latter method was used in this test.
We simply emptied any rotten strawberries into the bin, then kept the good strawberries in a container lined with a paper towel and covered with a lid in the fridge.
After nearly a week, the towel had soaked up a large amount of liquid.
The towels were stained red, meaning they had absorbed the liquid from the berries themself.
They would have gone bad faster due to this liquid.
By day seven, about a quarter of the berries start to spoil.
When strawberries were kept dry, it significantly extended the life of the fruit, implying that keeping berries dry is the key to ensuring they remain fresh for a long time.
Using Vinegar To Prolong The Life Of Your Strawberries
It’s as easy as putting them in a paper towel-lined container after giving them a quick bath with vinegar and water.
The vinegar works to kill mold that can appear fast and spoil the food.
With this method, we have been able to store food for up to ten days!
Just add a few tablespoons of vinegar to a bowl of water and dunk the strawberries in for a minute, then remove them and dry thoroughly with paper towels.
Despite their sweet appeal, these treats have one major drawback.
A strawberry spoils quickly, which is as frustrating as it is wasteful.
When strawberries are purchased only a few days earlier, nobody wants them to grow moldy in the fridge.
Strawberry lovers, what should they do?
Strawberries are packed with antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
As well as better eyesight and blood pressure, vitamins and minerals also work as a powerful antioxidants and prevent cancers as well as a number of cardiovascular diseases.
Don’t forget to love strawberries, and they will love you back with plenty of health benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions about Strawberries
Do Strawberries Last Longer In The Fridge Or The Counter?
The strawberries can only last one day out of the fridge sitting at room temp. They will last longer in the refrigerator for just under a week.
Can I Store Strawberries In A Ziplock Bag?
If you are freezing the strawberries, they go great in a Ziploc bag, but if putting in the fridge, steer clear of the plastic. Strawberries will only last half a day at room temperature in a zip bag as they will cause the berries to sweat and spoil faster.