I clean and chop them into pieces, put them into a plastic covered
container. and keep them in the frig for 3 or 4 days. If there is a sale on
and I can get a lot, I chop them, add sugar, heat them up, can (hot water
bath) them in pint jars.
Eat 'em fresh.
They don't keep long. You can freeze them for cooking applications.
If you like them over cake or ice cream, you can also brandy them, or
use various mixes of alcohol.
Last time I put up a quart of sliced ones, I added about 2" of
blackberry wine to the bottom of the jar, then topped it off with
I clean and slice them to do this. They will keep practically forever in
alcohol, and the alcohol picks up the strawberry flavor. These are
especially good served over pound cake with a bit of whipped cream. ;-d
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch." -Jack Nicholson
Tips for Storing Strawberries
* Berries to be used immediately may be picked any time, but if
you plan to hold the fruit for a few days, try to pick in the early
morning or on cool, cloudy days. Berries picked during the heat of the
day become soft, are easily bruised, and will not keep well.
* Avoid placing the picked berries in the sun any longer than
necessary. It is better to put them in the shade of a tree or shed
than in the car trunk or on the car seat.
* Cool them as soon as possible after picking. Strawberries may be
kept fresh in the refrigerator for 3 or more days, depending upon the
initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however,
the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and tends to
* When you get them home, sort but do not clean them until just
before you use them.
* Store the berries uncovered in the refrigerator in a shallow
* When ready to use, wash them quickly in cold water. Do not let
them soak. Drain them well before you hull them. It's best to use your
strawberries within three days.
Thanks to all. Sounds like they'll keep for a few days uncovered in the
fridge unless you want 'em macerated or in sugar. The better half got
some recently and left 'em on the counter with that plastic cover over
the carton and they molded in about 2 days. This probably explains why.
The strawberry man at the farmers market told me to put a paper towel in
the bottom of a tuppperware type container. Place the strawberries on
top and seal the lid. They stay nice for 5 days or so that way.
IMHO, I immediately clean and halve them, put some sugar on them and
put them in small, one serving ziplock baggies, then freeze them. They
are ready for any dessert, and go great on vanilla ice cream.
On Fri, 06 May 2005 12:41:25 -0400, Steve Calvin
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