Strawberries are highly perishable and delicate. Choose brightly colored, plump berries that still have their green caps attached and are uniform in size.
Strawberries do not ripen after they have been harvested, so choose strawberries that have been picked fully ripened. They should be plump and fragrant with a bright red color, natural shine and fresh looking green tops.
Before storing, sort through the strawberries and separate the soft ones from the firm, fully ripe berries; discard any mushy or spoiled berries. With the green caps still on, store the fresh strawberries in a colander in the refrigerator; this allows the cold air to circulate around them - do not cover them. Use fresh strawberries within 2 to 3 days for best quality.
Strawberries can be frozen whole, sliced or crushed, depending on their future use. For a better quality product, freeze strawberries in a sugar or syrup pack; unsweetened packs do not hold up as well. Strawberries can be stored in the freezer at 0°F (-17.8°C) for 8 to 12 months.
Sweeter varieties of strawberries with a full red color and firm texture are the best to use for dried fruit.
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