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How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh

by
author image Bonnie Crowe
Bonnie Crowe is a mother of two teenagers; a teacher and author of children's books, curriculum and articles on English grammar, literature, technology, art, parenting and career guides for high schoolers. She's a former director of AOL Parenting, a member of SCBWI, and a graduate from the University of California,Berkeley.
How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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Strawberries are chock full of nutrients, with a half a cup containing 45.5 mg of vitamin C, 50 IUs of vitamin A, 164 mgs of potassium, 18 mgs of calcium and 2.3 grams of fiber – all for a measly 39 calories. Considering all of the benefits of this sweet, versatile berry, including anti-inflammatory flavonoids and the possible prevention against certain types of cancer, it’s a boost having them on hand. Unfortunately, strawberries do not have a very long shelf life and must be used within seven days optimally, less if they’ve been washed or cut, as the water causes them to grow mold or spoil. If you’ve already washed and cut your berries, there are a few things you can do to keep them fresh and edible.

First Days

Step 1

How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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Discard any bruised, mushy, moldy or yellow pieces of strawberry. Make sure all parts of the green stem and leaf are tossed and not saved with the rest of the berries.

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Step 2

How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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Dry washed berries with a clean paper towel. Remove as much moisture as possible to discourage mold growth and prevent spoilage.

Step 3

How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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Put the cut berries in an airtight container or plastic bag.

Step 4

How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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Place the container with the berries into the crisper section of the refrigerator set to 40 F or below, within two hours of cutting them. Discard after two days.

Frozen Treats

Step 1

How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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To keep berries fresh longer than two days, freeze them. Follow the above directions for drying the clean, cut berries.

Step 2

How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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Store berries in an airtight freezer container or plastic freezer bag, labeled with the date. Leave a half an inch of headspace for plastic containers.

Step 3

How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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Add three-quarters of a cup of sugar to each quart of frozen berries, if desired. Mix thoroughly.

Step 4

How to Keep Washed and Cut Strawberries Fresh
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Freeze berries for eight to 12 months at 0 F or below.

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