Strawberries are a delicious and nutritious fruit that are enjoyed around the world. While they are in season, they are often plentiful and affordable, but what can you do if you want to enjoy strawberries out of season? Fortunately, there are several ways to store strawberries so that you can enjoy them for weeks or even months after they are picked.
The easiest way to store strawberries is to refrigerate them. To do this, rinse the strawberries in cool water and then pat them dry with a paper towel. Next, place them in a single layer in a container or on a tray lined with paper towels. Cover the container or tray with plastic wrap or a lid and place it in the refrigerator. Stored this way, strawberries can last for up to 1 week.
Another way to store strawberries for a long time is to freeze them. To do this, rinse the strawberries in cool water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Remove the stems and cut the strawberries into slices or quarters. Place the sliced strawberries in a single layer on a tray lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 1-2 hours. Once they are frozen, transfer the strawberries to a freezer-safe container or bag and label it with the date. Frozen strawberries can last for up to 8 months.
If you want to store strawberries for an even longer period of time, you can dehydrate them. To do this, rinse the strawberries in cool water and pat them dry with a paper towel. Remove the stems and cut the strawberries into thin slices. Place the sliced strawberries on a dehydrator tray and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for dehydrating. Once they are dehydrated, store the strawberries in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Dehydrated strawberries can last for up to 1 year.