Choose strawberries that are bright in colour, plump, and still have their green leaves attached. Avoid berries that are moldy, discoloured, soft or shrivelled. To tell if strawberries are sweet, give them a smell – perfectly ripened strawberries will have a sweet, fragrant scent!
How to Store Strawberries
It is recommended that strawberries are kept in the clear plastic container they are sold in from the store. Alternatively, store your strawberries in a single layer, unwashed, in a paper towel-lined container in the refrigerator. They should last for three to five days.
How to Freeze Strawberries
When strawberries are in season, buy extra and freeze them. Spread washed and hulled strawberries in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, about 30 minutes (this freezes them individually so they won’t stick together). Then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag and store frozen for up to 3 months.