Is there any fruit that screams the start of summer quite like a strawberry? Here’s some tips and tricks on how to clean strawberries for your next summer (or anytime!) snack.
Don’t Wash Just Yet
In a world where food prepping is all the rage, this first piece of advice might seem a little strange, but you’ll just have to trust us. Don’t wash your strawberries until you know you are going to be cooking with them or eating them.
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Strawberries are like little, delicious sponges. They take in moisture like crazy. If you wash your berries in advance, they’ll take in that moisture from the wash. As you probably may know, that extra moisture is likely to cause mold and that slimy, overripe texture no one enjoys.
How To Clean Strawberries
We all know that the fruits and vegetables we eat from the grocery store probably have some added chemicals on them from the farming and shipping process. It’s important to wash your fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking with them to get those chemicals off the food.
I am all about keeping it natural in my house, so I choose a natural fruit and veggie wash. Take a large bowl and fill it with four parts water and one part white vinegar. Put the berries in the bowl, making sure they are fully submerged into the vinegar rinse. Let them soak for around 20 minutes.
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After their vinegar bath, rinse the berries in cool water. Pat them dry with a towel or paper towels (your choice). I promise, you won’t taste any of the vinegar when you’re enjoying these little juicy delights later!
Organic Strawberry Advice
If you’re buying organic berries (or growing your own), you can skip the vinegar wash as organic berries aren’t treated with chemical pesticides like commercial berries are.
Prepping Your Berries For Eating & Baking
After you’ve done your rinsing and cleaning, be sure to put your berries in a strainer. This will help get rid of extra water, which as we mentioned earlier can cause your strawberries to go bad faster than normal.
Next, pick the green stems and leaves off the top of the berry. All you’ll need to do is gently twist and pinch the top part. This should pull the stem right out, but leave more of that yummy berry behind!
Then, at the top of the berry, you should notice a white or pinkish area. Take a paring knife and carefully insert it just outside that white portion of the strawberry. Then, slowly rotate the knife to carve out the white hull. This is the most bitter part of the berry, so trust us, you won’t miss it.
Cutting Your Strawberries
I’m not much for fancy table displays, so I tend to just cut my berries in half for snacking. I’ve also cut them in half, then halved the halves (that’s a fun tongue-twister!) for baking, fruit salads, or on top of my cereal. You should wait until just before you are ready to eat or cook with your strawberries before you cut them.
That’s it! The definitive guide on how to clean strawberries! Now go enjoy!