Did you pick up some fresh strawberries and don’t want them to turn moldy before you can eat them? Then read on for information about how long strawberries last in the fridge and steps you can take to make them last longer!
Fresh strawberries have mold spores on them and can turn moldy in no time. There are several things you can do to prevent this, but how long do strawberries last in the fridge?
I don’t know about you, but when strawberries are in season, I want to grab a couple of quarts from the farmer’s market to make strawberry shortcake, strawberry cinnamon rolls, strawberry poke cake, or strawberry jam, but I don’t want my delicious strawberries to go bad before I can get around to using them.
I have some time saving tips that will make sure your strawberries stay fresh in the fridge.
Strawberries can last easily 2 weeks and even a little longer depending on when they were picked. However, you have to take a couple of easy steps to make sure they stay fresh and don’t turn moldy.
How to keep strawberries fresh
A quick method that will keep them fresh in the fridge for about one week is to remove them from the container they came in, take out any moldy ones and place them in a container lined with a paper towel. Do NOT wash them. Water will increase the likelihood that they will turn moldy.
There is no guarantee that they will last a week unless they were just picked.
The strawberries you get at the grocery have generally been packed in the field, and shipped in refrigerated trucks. That could mean that by the time you purchase them they are already a week old. So how do you make strawberries last longer?
Whether you want to keep strawberries fresh for a few days or for two weeks, a vinegar wash is the best way to keep strawberries fresh. It takes a few minutes but you wont’ get moldy strawberries. The vinegar kills the mold spores so the strawberries taste just as fresh as when you picked them two weeks later.
For a vinegar wash, place about 5 ½ cups of water in a large bowl and add ½ cup of vinegar, don’t take the stems off the strawberries, put them in whole. Let them soak for 5 minutes and then rinse in a colander and place the strawberries in a single layer on a paper towel to dry for about 20 minutes.
Once dried, place in a paper towel lined contained, you can stack them on top of each other, cover and refrigerate.
You won’t believe how fresh they taste even after two weeks. This will allow you to get a whole basket at the farmer’s market and not worry if you can’t make jam or strawberry pie right away. You can grab some for a snack or pack in lunches without having to worry about them going bad.
What to do with fresh strawberries
Fresh strawberries aren’t around long in North Carolina so you’ll need some strawberry recipes in your back pocket to pull out once they are available at your local farmer’s market. Not sure when strawberries are in season where you live, check out this article so you’ll be ready!
- If you have tons of strawberries, try making jam, it’s easy to do and you can freeze it or can for later.
- For a simple strawberry dessert, you can’t go wrong with a cobbler topped with biscuits.
- Is cake calling your name, try a layer cake with fresh strawberries, a pound cake, or a strawberry shortcake.
- If you want to use them in a frosting or as a snack, you can dehydrate them, here’s a post explaining how to dehydrate in your oven.
- You can also freeze them to use for smoothies.
FAQs and tips
Choose strawberries that are red all the way to the stem, there should be no white visible. The stem should be bright green.
Wash with a vinegar wash, rinse, remove the stem and let them dry on a paper towel. Once dry place in a single layer and freeze on a cookie sheet. When frozen, place in a freezer bag.
Strawberries will last about a year in the freezer, after that they will start to get freezer burn. You can avoid this by vacuum sealing them.
Strawberries will have the most flavor if they are eaten at room temperature.