How To Select And Store Strawberries

Strawberry Selection

California strawberries are fully ripe at the time they are picked and do not continue to ripen after harvesting. Here are a few tips on how to select & store strawberries to make your berries last as long as possible.

  1. Choose berries that have a bright red color, a natural shine and fresh looking green caps.
  2. Strawberries should always be refrigerated and kept dry until just before serving.
  3. With green stems still intact, rinse berries under cool water.
  4. After rinsing, gently blot dry.
  5. Remove the green caps from the berries with a light twist or with the point of a knife.
Serving Suggestions

Fresh California strawberries are most flavorful at room temperature. They can be enjoyed just as they are or sliced in cereals, salads and served with any meal, any time of day. For additional ways to serve strawberries, check out our recipe pages, our blog, or the California Strawberries Facebook page.

Freezing Strawberries

  1. After rinsing, gently blot dry.
  2. Slice stem off at top of berry.
  3. Place cut side down on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
  4. Place uncovered in freezer for 24 hours.
  5. Transfer strawberries to a freezer bag or container.
  6. Frozen strawberries can be stored frozen for several months.

Did you know?

Did you know that frozen strawberries are just as nutritious as fresh?

Choosing frozen is a great way to enjoy delicious strawberry goodness all year long; plus, it can be more affordable. Here are a few ideas for using frozen berries:

  • Blend frozen strawberries into a smoothie for a nutritious snack, or a milkshake for a sweet indulgence
  • Use as filling for desserts such as cheesecakes, crumbles, or cobblers
  • Make homemade strawberry popsicles with the kids
  • Relax with a frozen strawberry margarita
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