How to store strawberries? Tricks to make them last longer

How to store fresh strawberries? Let’s see the best conservation methods, from the freezer to preserves, to enjoy them all year round.

The strawberry season is coming to an end and from now on it will be increasingly difficult to find good and juicy ones. But there is good news: if act in time, you will be able to preserve the best strawberries even for the winter. You may have already heard of preserves like strawberries in syrup or classic jam, but did you know you can freeze them? Let’s see together how to preserve fresh strawberries when it’s season so you can enjoy them all year round with a few tricks and ours video advice.

How to store strawberries in the fridge

Fresh strawberries
Fresh strawberries

The first storage method we suggest includes the classic refrigerator. By following a few small precautions they will last about 2/3 days.

  1. Choose only the most beautiful strawberries and immediately discard those that are bruised or have parts of mold. If you leave them all together, you risk that all your fruit will go bad in a short time.
  2. To make them last as long as possible don’t wash them right away: Strawberries are very porous fruits that absorb moisture. So try to wet them only when necessary, before enjoying them.
  3. For the same reason, don’t remove the leaflets green except when it is time to consume them.

How to freeze strawberries

frozen strawberries
frozen strawberries

Strawberries can be frozen without any problems and they will last up to a year. Keep in mind that once defrosted they will be softer compared to the beginning. Also in this case, absolutely discard those that show signs of mold or dents. You can store them in the freezer as they are or make some ice cubes:

  • To freeze the strawberries, wash them very well and dry them with the same care. Remove the leaves and put them away well spaced in the freezer so that they freeze individually. Afterwards, put them all inside a freezer bag and take them out if necessary.
  • Alternatively, make some cubes blending the fruits and placing them in the appropriate trays.
  • Alternatively, you can cut them into small pieces, arrange them in molds and add water; then use these strawberry ice cubes to flavor the water.

Strawberries in syrup

Strawberries in syrup
Strawberries in syrup

If you want, you can also fall back on one keep more classic, like strawberries in syrup. To prepare them according to our recipe, get:

  • 800ml of water
  • 400 g of granulated sugar
  • 1 organic lemon
  • 400 g of strawberries

Make a syrup with water, sugar, lemon zest and juice. When it comes to a boil, add the carefully washed and chopped strawberries. You do cook for about 10/15 minutes and potted (in sterilized jars, please).

You can keep them up to 6 months in a dark and dry place.

Strawberry jam

Strawberry jam
Strawberry jam

The last method of preserving strawberries that we want to leave you with is a classic jam, which you can enjoy for breakfast on rusks or on bread throughout the year. The ingredients are:

  • 250 g of fresh seasonal strawberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

The realization is very simple: pour sugar, lemon juice and chopped strawberries into a saucepan and cook for at least 10 minutes or until the jam has the right consistency. Choose whether to blend and filter (to eliminate all you sow) and put it in sterilized jars.

You can save it for about 4 months in the pantryaway from light and heat.

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