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How to Store Fresh Strawberries (Up to a Week!)

April 12, 2013

store fresh strawberries

I’m going to tell you a secret.

Shhh. Keep this very quiet.

You know how awesome fresh strawberries taste? When they are perfectly ripe, redder than red and eye-poppingly sweet? And how they turn to red goo on your counter overnight, and promptly start growing fur in your fridge?

Truly, a dilemma. Every baby and bridal shower planned from June to September has bemoaned the unreliability of strawberries.

In our house, we usually eat the first clamshell the day it arrives in our CSA bag, but sometimes I want strawberries on the weekend…how to keep them fresh without resorting to fake-red strawberries from the grocery store?

A nice farmer from our CSA let this little secret out of the bag a few years ago.

Are you ready? It’s a little complicated. I’ll give you step-by-step instructions so you won’t get lost.

  1. Open the clamshell of strawberries.
  2. Take a tupperware container out of your cupboard.
  3. Carefully replace all the other tupperware that fell out when you opened the door.
  4. Spend 10 minutes trying to find the matching lid.
  5. Slam cupboard door.
  6. Shat again gently – your children are watching.
  7. Pull a paper towel off of the roll.
  8. Place paper towel in the bottom of tupperware container.
  9. Dump strawberries into container.
  10. Apply lid.
  11. Refrigerate up to a week.

I told you it was a little complicated. Read the steps carefully before trying this at home.


Wash them before eating. If you wash them the magic goes away and they rot immediately.

I was told that the paper towel absorbs something that causes them to over-ripen, but I think it’s really just magic.

Freshly-picked strawberries in your fridge up to a week. It totally works. I promise.

Now don’t go and tell everybody! I told you, this is a secret! Shhh!

Don’t even THINK about re-pinning this on Pinterest. Or posting to your Facebook page. Heaven forbid EVERYBODY know about this. Strawberry sales are going to go through the roof and there will be a shortage and then where would we all be?

No, keep it to yourself.





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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    April 12, 2013 9:45 am

    Ask him how to keep basil longer after you cut it. I put it between damp paper towels and it doens’t work1

  2. April 12, 2013 9:54 am

    Try storing it as you would fresh-cut flowers – in a glass of water in the fridge. Make sure it’s only stems under water, though, no leaves.

  3. April 12, 2013 12:33 pm

    Sorry, I don’t believe you. I’m gonna have to try it myself!! 😉

  4. Dianne permalink
    April 23, 2013 2:45 pm

    This also helps with keeping lettuce & celery longer. I wrap paper towels around the veggies and if the paper towel starts getting too damp before you use up the veggies, replace the paper towel.

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