Most of the time, it’s hard to keep a pound or two of strawberries from being eaten immediately in our house. But on the occasions where I buy them at the farm stand and want to store them for a few days to eat with a recipe later in the week, not only do I need to hide them from my kids, but I need to store them so that they won’t grow moldy.
I tried keeping them on the counter. That didn’t work. Then I tried storing them in a plastic or cardboard container, that didn’t work, either.
How to store fresh strawberries
Place a folded paper towel on the bottom of a Rubbermaid- or Tupperware-type container that has a seal-able lid. Place unwashed berries on top of the paper towel and seal, storing berries in the coldest part of your refrigerator for about a week, maximum.
After 7 days of storage, we found the berries to be fine for recipes and salads, though they lost a bit of their tenderness and juice.
What’s on the menu for the week of July 15
Sticking to Real Simple‘s July issue this week for a simple plan:
Monday: Turkey/Pesto Paninis
Tuesday: Pineapple-marinated Steak with Spicy Potatoes and Green Beans
Wednesday: Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta
Weekend: Grilled Fennel Crusted Pork Chops with Carrot Salad
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