When to Buy/In Season:

How to Select:
bright, fresh fruit, firm, without mold.

Organic Issues:
Strawberries should be purchased as organic if possible. The conventionally grown crops are loaded with pesticides and other chemicals, and studies have shown that these residues are not removed by washing or cleansing.

Pesticide Issues:
EWG 2009 Dirty Dozen, #6 in the Dirty Dozen

How to Store:
Use within a day or two, or freeze for later cooking.

To Freeze Fresh Strawberries:

  • Freeze in a single layer on baking sheets, then transfer to freezer bags or containers.
  • Package in moisture-vapor resistant container. Seal and freeze
  • Store frozen strawberries in the freezer (0F) up to 6 months
  • Canning

    See our Basics of Canning Fruit at Home
    Home Canned fruits can be stored for up to 1 year; they may lose quality after that point. Commercially canned fruit can be stored up to 3 years.

    See our Basics of Drying Fruit at Home

    To dry strawberries, choose ripe, juicy, red berries. Gently wash. Remove caps. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. Dry at 130 – 135F until pliable to almost crisp. Water content is 90%.

    Strawberries do not rehydrate well.
    Dried fruit may be stored 6 – 12 months at room temperature, or indefinetly in the freezer.

    Photo Source: S and C

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