Strawberries are such a tasty and delightful fruit, that can be eaten on their own or can be used for the preparation of many refreshing treats. You can eat them fresh, make delicious strawberry drinks and smoothies, use them in cakes and pies, it’s all a matter of taste.
When you buy strawberries if you’re not planning to use them immediately, store them in the refrigerator so that they stay fresh for longer. Even if you choose the most good-looking fruit without refrigerating it will go bad in just a day or two. Refrigerating can prolong their lifespan.
It is very important when buying strawberries to buy healthy fruits, which are equally red and without damage, and that the stalks look fresh too.
How long do strawberries last in the refrigerator?
Strawberries can last in the refrigerator for 3 to 7 days, without any loss of their freshness or quality. If you bought more strawberries than you can eat in a day, put them in the fridge and have no worry, but store them properly!
Before placing in the refrigerator, do not wash the strawberries, but place them on a napkin that is put in a bowl. Also, it is very important that the strawberries are arranged in one level, that is, that you do not put strawberries on top of each other. Strawberries are most delicious when they are at room temperature, so take them out an hour before serving to warm them up.
If you need to preserve strawberries for a longer period of time, put them in the freezer.
How do you make strawberries last longer in the fridge?
Now that we found out how long do strawberries last in the fridge, let’s see is there a way to make them last longer? To answer this question, you should first know why do strawberries spoil after a short period of time. They spoil due to mold and bacteria that are invisible but live on the surface of the fruit. In order to get rid of those pathogens and make your strawberries last longer, you’ll need just two ingredients – water and vinegar.
Take ½ cup of water and 2 ½ cups of vinegar. Soak strawberries in the mixture and leave them for a few minutes. Don’t worry, sitting in vinegar solution won’t make your fruit taste like vinegar, it will only remove bacteria and mold spores, so your strawberries can last longer. Dry your strawberries carefully with a paper towel before putting them in the fridge. If you leave them wet, mold spores will soon develop again and ruin your fruit.
How do you know when strawberries are bad?
Bad strawberries are easy to tell – they change their color, becoming brownish. Also, their texture is not hard, but mushy and shriveled. On the surface of the fruit you can see mold and it’s not unusual that you see juices leaking from the fruit. Spoiled strawberries could also have a sour smell, which reminds of alcohol.
You should never eat nor use overripe and molded strawberries. Also, avoid strawberries that do not have bright red color, but are poorly pigmented or have big white and green areas.