One of my biggest challenges with eating healthy is getting healthy food to stay fresh in the house! It’s a pain to grocery shop multiple time a week, but if I don’t have fresh food in the house, it’s just too easy to turn to junk food. So my goal is to grocery shop once per week and keep that food fresh as long as possible.
With strawberries, there are some things I used to do completely wrong (like wash them without drying them) and never even realized that I was causing them to spoil earlier. Strawberries are expensive, so I hate it when they spoil before we can enjoy them! Follow these easy tips to prolong the life of your strawberries:
- Keep the strawberries as dry as possible!!!
- Keeping the berries dry is the most important thing to remember. Moisture causes strawberries to spoil faster. As soon as I get my berries home, I wash them and lay them out on a paper towel. Then I pat them dry gently with the paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Store the strawberries in an sealed airtight container in the refrigerator WITH a paper towel in the bottom.
- Again, the theme here is keep the berries dry! The paper towel will absorb even more of the moisture, helping your berries stay fresh longer.
- Don’t let the strawberries touch, if possible.
- If you can keep the berries from touching, you can reduce the amounts of rotten spots that will show up throughout the week. To do this, you can lay all the strawberries out on top of a paper towel individually in a sealed Tupperware container.
- Obviously when you have a whole pound of strawberries, this isn’t reasonable. If you have a lot of berries, use multiple layers of paper towels within the sealed Tupperware container to keep them separated and dry.
One question I always get: Can I slice the berries first and store them that way? YES, you can!
- I like to slice all my berries at the beginning of the week, so I can just grab them and go. This is just fine, but keep in mind that layering with paper towels and keeping them separated and dry is EVEN MORE important when they are sliced. I have stored them sliced this way and kept them fresh for up to 4 days, though it can be hard to predict exactly how long they will last because it depends on how fresh they were when you brought them home from the store.
If you follow the above tips, you will be able to extend the life of your strawberries, reduce the number of trips to the grocery store, and hopefully throw away less waste!!