Kitchen Hack: How to Keep Strawberries Fresh

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Here’s an easy kitchen hack for keeping strawberries fresh for longer! Everyone needs this must-have trick for how to keep strawberries from molding so you can enjoy them longer this season.

How about a delicious way to enjoy these strawberries you’re keeping fresh? Try these 20 delicious smoothie recipes or 30 delicious and healthy homemade popsicles.

strawberries in a bowl

Strawberries are a summertime favorite for my whole family! Our favorite fruit around here is … well, any really, but especially around summertime, I can hardly keep these in the house for more than a few days.

strawberries in a bowl

This is often why I like to buy them in bulk if possible, so I’ve had to learn over the years how to keep them fresh. If you’re looking for a way to keep this delicious fruit to last as long as possible, let me show you my favorite hack to keep strawberries fresh!

Should strawberries be refrigerated?

Yes! Since strawberries don’t ripen after being picked, if you don’t keep them refrigerated, you’ll run the risk of letting them go bad a lot quicker than if you had kept them cold.

Simple Trick To Make Strawberries Last Longer

(How To Keep Strawberries Fresh)

Materials:

  • 1 lb strawberries
  • Measuring cup
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Storage container
  • Colander
  • Paper towel

Instructions:

Step 1: The correct ratio for the magical berry preserving mix is 1 cup of vinegar to 3 cups of water. So for one pound of berries, you’ll want about 8 cups of liquid (which is 2 cups vinegar, 6 cups water.)

strawberries in a bowl

Step 2: Mix up the solution and pour into a bowl or glass container. Add the berries and let them soak for about 5-10 minutes.

strawberries in a bowl

Step 3: Place berries in a colander and let most of the moisture drip dry.

strawberries in a bowl

Step 4: Lay the strawberries on a paper towel and let them dry completely.

strawberries in a bowl

Step 5: Line the container you plan to use for storage with a paper towel and place the strawberries inside.

strawberries in a bowl
strawberries in a bowl

Step 6: Gently place the lid on top (don’t need to close it completely, it should breathe.) Your strawberries should now last up to two weeks!


Now, I say that they’ll last up to 2 weeks, but if you’re anything like the humans in my household, these things will be gobbled up in a couple of days.

This may give you a reason to go ahead and stock up when you see them on sale. No need to be fearful of whether or not they will last because with this hack to help keep your strawberries fresh, it should be a delicious summer ahead!

bowl of strawberries

Do you enjoy strawberries as much as we do? What hacks have you found to make them last longer?

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Carrie,

    Really enjoy your blog! No rinsing of the strawberries after soaking? They don’t retain the vinegar taste?

    Thanks!

  2. Can you do this with raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries as well as strawberries?

    1. I would think this would work for all berries, if you try it please let me know!

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