How to choose and store strawberries
- We love strawberries all year round, but they taste best when they’re in season in May and June!
- For the juiciest, sweetest berries, pick your own or buy them at a farmers market.
- Choose shiny, plump red strawberries with bright green leaves. The smallest are the sweetest!
- Buy organic strawberries, if you can. They’re grown without pesticides and are much better for you.
- Rinse your strawberries just before you eat them (otherwise, they’ll get moldy quickly!)
- Store unwashed strawberries in the fridge for up to three days.
Grow your own strawberries!
Ready to garden? Head to a a farmer’s market or plant nursery and pick up starter strawberry plants. Transplant the starters in your garden or in a big pot. Water and weed your strawberry plants. And be patient – you’ll have fresh, ripe strawberries next year!
Whether you buy your fresh strawberries from the grocery, a farmer’s market or grown your own – we’ve got some great recipes to use them in. Try our Strawberry Spinach Salad, have your kids make Strawberry Sun Tea, or teach them to make fresh strawberry jam! It’s super easy to make from scratch. Our jammin’ recipe skips the long process of canning part because the jam can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or stored in the freezer for up to a year (just thaw before eating!). You’ll need to pick up pectin, the all-natural fruit preservative that helps thicken and preserve the jam.
Here are the three very simple ingredients:
- 2 pints (4 cups) fresh strawberries, washed
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons pectin powder
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