This feels like kind of a lame post given that there is no recipe and the pictures were taken with my phone. And its quite likely that it is lame, but with the rest of North America quickly approaching strawberry season, I have information that needs to be shared.
You know that excited feeling when you’re at the farm stand (or farmer’s market) and the first good strawberries of the year show up? The strawberries that are red all the way up to the leaves? The kind you just know are going to go to mush in two days but you buy the three pack anyway because SHUT UP. Local strawberries!
Well you’re in luck today because after years of testing, the brain trust made up of me and my mom have figured out how to store strawberries so they will remain mush, mold, and soft spot free for a week. Maybe more, but ours never last that long.
Geeze, I wish Billy Mays was here to tell you about this for me. He’d make it so much more exciting. AND SHOUTEY!
Anyways, step 1: Procure a tupperware large enough to hold your strawberries in 1-2 layers. (Note: it needs to fit in your fridge too)
Step 2: Cover the bottom of said tupperware with a double layer of paper towels. Yes, it has to be a double layer. If you’re thinking “Oh. Em. Gee. Deanna, a double layer of paper towels? Kill trees much?” just know the paper towels can be reused next week. And the week after. Basically until the end of strawberry season.
Step 3: Put your berries in STEM SIDE DOWN. Even if you’re doing a double layer, try to keep the stem side down. I like to work my way across the three pack in layers rather than emptying one carton and moving on, but that’s probably just me being weird and feeling bad for the berries on the bottom.
Step 4: Put on a lid and store in the fridge.
Now, you may notice that I didn’t wash the berries before I put them in the fridge as that is basically you begging them to become mush.
And since I feel like this is a fairly safe (and maybe judgement free zone), I’m going to tell you the only time I wash berries before I eat them is if there is visible dirt. I know the purveyors and we’ve been buying berries from them for as long as I can remember so it doesn’t worry me. I also grew up eating vegetables straight from the garden...carrots got rinsed off with a hose, and tomatoes were eaten straight from the vine. Please do not take this time to tell me how gross I am, or how I’m going to drop dead tomorrow from E. coli.* (I do wash food really well if someone who is immunocompromised is coming over for dinner.)
So, go forth and buy strawberries. And have them last for a week! Or more! NOW HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY?
*Oooh, and if you think not washing fruit is gross, I’m going to tell you what I think is disgusting. People who touch their pets but don’t wash their hands before touching food. Bleh.