|Storing and Preparing Strawberries|
- Strawberries -any amount
- Before using or storing, sort through the strawberries and separate the soft ones from the firm, fully ripe berries. Discard any mushy or spoiled berries.
- Store them in a colander in the refrigerator. This allows the cold air to circulate around them. Do not cover them.
- Remove caps from strawberries only after washing. Prepare strawberries for serving by rinsing with caps still attached under a gentle spray of cool water; pat dry with a paper towel. (Don’t remove the caps before washing; the caps keep the water from breaking down the texture and flavor inside the berries.). Wash the berries just before you plan to use them. Use as soon as possible; strawberries ripen no further once picked.
- To keep strawberries from absorbing large quantities of water when washing them, place in a salad spinner to remove excess water.