Plump, sweet strawberries are such a healthful treat. One cup has only 50 calories and they’re a good source of vitamins A & C, potassium, folate and fiber. Utilizing the following method for cleaning and storing fresh strawberries helps to prolong the freshness so, you can enjoy every last berry.
Normally, we have to purchase twice the amount we need because, we typically eat half of the berries before we have a chance to use them in recipes.
Fill a large bowl or basin with 8 cups cold water and stir in one cup of apple cider vinegar. Carefully pour strawberries into water/vinegar mixture and gently swish to make sure all berries are wet. Allow to set 5 minutes, swishing gently every couple of minutes.
Place strawberries on a dishtowel or paper towels to dry. Discard any berries that show signs of mold and remove any bruised berries. They will cause the other berries to break down sooner. Blot lightly with another dishtowel or allow to air dry.
Place a paper towel in bottom of storage container to absorb any moisture, fill with berries and place in refrigerator.
This is the best method we’ve found to clean and store fresh strawberries. The vinegar helps to kill bacteria and reduce mold yet, the flavor of the berry is not affected.
This water/vinegar method is good for cleaning most fruit and vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower probably need to set 10 minutes. If you get into the habit of soaking your produce as soon as you get it home from the market, you’ll be able to enjoy it whenever you need it for cooking or for a healthful snack.
Here are some culinary tools we like for preparing fresh strawberries: