If you're going to eat your strawberries straight away, store them on the bench in the container you bought them in. Putting strawberries in the fridge causes them to lose some delicious flavour.
How to store strawberries in the fridge
Sonia Gabauer, Marketing Manager at Driscoll's, says there are some really simple things you can do to store your strawberries so they last longer.
If stored correctly, Sonia says strawberries should stay fresh for up to five days in the fridge.
Although snacking on strawberries straight from the punnet is an Aussie rite of passage, Sonia says it's best to let them return to room temperature before eating.
"To enhance the flavour experience, let strawberries reach room temperature before gently rinsing them with cool water and eating them."
Here are two essential tips for storing strawberries.
1. Don't pre-wash your strawberries
Washing your strawberries before storing them is a big no-no. "Strawberries should be kept dry and whole in a sealed container or punnet. Strawberries that are washed and stored are susceptible to going soft and mouldy," says Sonia.
2. Avoid cutting your strawberry before storing them
Similar to washing strawberries, pre-cutting them will also cause them to spoil. Sonia says, "Cut strawberries deteriorate quickly, so keep them whole with the calyx (green leafy top) intact."
How to freeze strawberries
The freezer is your best option if you've stocked up on strawberries and want to store them for longer than five days.
- Arrange them in a single layer on an oven tray lined with baking paper.
- Pop them in the freezer.
- Once they are frozen, put them in a zip-lock bag.
Frozen berries are perfect for smoothies or can be used in cakes and muffins.
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