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Who doesn’t love strawberries? They are sweet, tasty, full of natural sugar, and very delicious. But do your strawberries go bad so fast? Read more to know How to Store Strawberries.

We all know that there is nothing better than a perfect cold strawberry on a hot summer day, but we all love to enjoy them during other seasons as well.

Now as with every other fruit, strawberries lose their freshness quickly. Either eat them all in one sitting, which is not very hard to do or keep some for later by storing them properly.

Fresh Delicious Strawberries

red fresh strawberries soaked in water
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A Little Something About Strawberries

Strawberries are beautiful soft red fruits, with a seed-studded surface. The plant which produces the strawberries looks as beautiful as well.

It is a lovable fruit, which is appreciated for its bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness.

Something special about strawberries is that they are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are also rich in antioxidants and are good for your heart and blood sugar control.

The best month to plant strawberries is in early spring. Plant them, grow them, and store them properly so you can enjoy them during any season.

Different Methods

We have many different methods that can help in preserving strawberries. Some are better than others, and you can always try your way up for what benefits you the best.

You can rinse them on paper towels, place them in a glass jar, keep them in their original carton, soak them in a vinegar bath, spread them out on a baking pan, leave them unrinsed on paper towels, or place them in hot water.

Each one of these methods has different results, some help you store the strawberries longer, while others keep them fresh for a couple of days.

Keep the Freshness

sweet red strawberries being thoroughly washed
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Worst Method for Storing Strawberries

One of the worst methods for storing your strawberries is soaking them in hot water and storing them on paper towels in an airtight container. It is said that the hot water should help suppress the mold which should make the strawberries last longer.

This method is not effective because about 60% of the strawberries will be spoiled after almost seven days.

Try This Method

The second best way for storing them is actually nothing other than keeping them in their original container.

I know it is unexpected, right?

You just sort the strawberries, throw out all the bad ones, place them neatly back in their original container, and store them in the fridge.

The Most Successful Method

The most successful method is actually very surprising.

If you soak your strawberries in a vinegar solution and dry them up in a salad spinner, you will have the best results. Even after a week, they will almost still be the same, as if you’ve just bought them.

You should mix 1 part of white vinegar with 3 parts of water. Submerge your strawberries in this mixture and then dry them in a salad spinner lined up with paper towels.

When you have paper towels as an addition, your strawberries will dry up faster.

After they are dry properly, place them in a container, also lined with paper towels, but do not seal the container, keep the lid on but loose.

Top Tips

  • First, you have to remember, that the biggest enemy of strawberries is moisture. This is what makes them spoil faster.
  • Before eating or cooking your strawberries you should always wash them thoroughly.
  • Another important rule is to wash only the amount you are going to eat and keep the rest in the fridge.
  • Whatever container or method you choose, stored strawberries should last for around 7 days in the fridge.
  • If you plan on using your strawberries in 3-5 days, follow the method of keeping them in their original container.
  • Fresh strawberries have natural mold spores on them, which will make them spoil.
  • If you freeze your strawberries they will obtain their summer flavor for even longer.
  • Always remove strawberries that are moldy or mushy from the others before they ruin them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take strawberries to become moldy in the fridge?

If the berries are stored properly and kept away from moisture, they should last for around 7 days.

Why do strawberries mold so fast?

Since the strawberries are full of water and quite absorbent, they easily soak up excess moisture around them, which adds to the mold that they originally hold.

Do strawberries last longer in the fridge or on the counter?

If left out at room temperature, the strawberries tend to spoil faster. Keeping them in the fridge helps to slow down their progress of going bad.

Enjoy the Strawberries

Frozen strawberries placed in a zip lock bag for storage.
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Different Usages for Strawberries

After storing all those strawberries, you will want to enjoy them as well. You can enjoy them with Strawberry Jam Baked Brie in Puff Pastry or make a delicious Strawberry Cheesecake Roll.

You can also use strawberries in a fruit salad or try my special recipe for Citrus Vinaigrette Strawberry Mango Kale Salad

Another thing you might enjoy with your frozen strawberries is to make a sweet smoothie like this Strawberry Mango Banana Smoothie

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How to Store Strawberries

By: Lama
Learn the best way to store strawberries to enjoy them whenever you want.


  • 1 pint Strawberries


Different Ways to Store Strawberries

  • Place in air-tight containers.
  • Place in a container with dry paper towels and put unwashed strawberries.
  • Rinse the strawberries with vinegar solution.
  • Freeze the strawberries after being rinsed and dried in freezer bags.


  • If you plan on using your strawberries in 3-5 days, follow the method of keeping them in their original container.
  • The fresh strawberries have naturally mold spores on them, these will make them spoil.
  • If you freeze your strawberries they will obtain their summer flavor for even longer.
  • Always remove strawberries that are moldy or mushy from the others before they ruin them.
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