How to make strawberries last longer is a post that puts 2 popular Pinterest methods to the test. Come see which kept strawberries fresh for 3 weeks!
Strawberry season is here! To kick it off, I did a little experiment. For the past month, I have taken strawberries and tested different methods to make them last longer in the refrigerator.
There was one clear winner. Today, I’m sharing my results with you in this post!
Recently, strawberries at my local grocery store were on sale. Scratch that, they were a steal at $0.88 for a 1-pound container! You better believe I stocked up, 14 pounds (yes, pounds) of strawberries to be exact.
I have big plans for these berries in strawberry recipes like:
- Easy Strawberry Syrup
- Easy Strawberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Cupcake and Buttercream
- Strawberry Pizza with Bacon
- Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
- Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
- Avocado Strawberry Spinach Wraps
- Strawberry Shortcake Roll Up Cake
- Dark Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Topping
- Strawberry Cream Cake
- Strawberries & Cream Cheese Blintzes
- Dark Chocolate Pound Cake with Strawberries and Cream
- Simple Patriotic Cake
- Lime Rice Pudding with Strawberries
- Fruit Spangled Cheesecake Dip
I know that I have to pace myself so I don’t overload my family with strawberries! That’s where this experiment comes in.
P.S. This would be a fabulous science fair project to do with your kids!
How to Make Strawberries Last Longer
Will strawberries keep longer when kept in a glass jar or treated with a vinegar wash?
- I researched two popular Pinterest Methods for keeping strawberries for longer in the refrigerator.
If I treat strawberries with a vinegar wash, they will:
A- Keep longer in the refrigerator than berries kept in a glass jar or their original container.
B- Not keep longer in the refrigerator than berries kept in a glass jar but keep longer than berries in their original container.
I used berries from the same 1-pound clamshell to test the two variables and the control. Berries were of varying sizes, and generally the same ripeness. Any berries that had begun to spoil, I discarded.
Berries were simply placed in a glass jar, unwashed, and placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
Berries were placed in a vinegar wash:
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 5 cups of water
They sat in the vinegar wash for 5 minutes. Then I drained them and gently pat them dry with paper towels. Finally, I placed them in a paper towel-lined bowl and left uncovered in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
Berries were kept in the original packaging, unwashed, and placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
After one week, I placed all the berries side-by-side and compared them. Here’s a better shot:
The Strawberry Results:
The berries look perfect! Just like they did a week ago. The stems and leaves are still bushy and green. They are plump and they have not started to wither. They taste perfectly ripe.
The berries look okay. They’re starting to wither, and the stem and leaves are beginning to dry out. They taste fine.
The berries have seen better days. They’ve begun to wither, and some strawberries are starting to go bad. The stems and leaves have started to dry out. They taste over-ripe.
The glass jar method is the clear winner. Are you not convinced? Then check out the same berries kept in the glass jar for 3 WEEKS! They nearly look perfect!
After three weeks, they’re starting to wrinkle a little, and the stem and leaves are beginning to dry out. With that said, they tasted good, with a hint of being over-ripe.
The glass jar method is the clear winner. Berries that last three weeks in the refrigerator are a total win!
Common Strawberry Questions Answered:
What are the benefits of eating strawberries?
Strawberries are such a fresh and healthy snack and even a treat! They are delicious in salads, desserts, on pizza (yes!), in a smoothie, and the list goes on and on. Additionally, they are a good source of Vitamin C, potassium, and Vitamin B9. They are great for your heart and blood sugar control.
How many strawberries should I eat a day?
Now, if you were to ask my son, he would tell you, you should eat one carton a day! My kid can go through a package of strawberries like nobody’s business! But the actual amount of berries you should eat per day to get your daily serving of fruit is 8.
Can you store strawberries in an airtight container?
Yes! Moisture is no friend of the strawberry. Glass jars are the best way to store your strawberries in the fridge because the glass does not breathe. Plastic bags and containers are too porous.
- Do not remove the stem, and do not wash the strawberries before storing them.
- Use a clean glass jar that’s been washed and dried thoroughly. It needs to have a tight-fitting lid. I like using large mason jars. Large jars like pickle jars are perfect for larger quantities of strawberries, too.
- Discard any spoiled or bruised fruit. Do not put the spoiled ones in the jar with the other strawberries.
- Place the jar in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
- The strawberries will not get moldy using this method. They will, however, start to ferment. They may seem fine, but they aren’t edible if you leave them too long in the refrigerator.
***NOTE: The results will vary based on the ripeness of the fruit when placed into the jar, refrigerator temperature, etc.