Use strawberries as soon after harvesting or purchasing as possible. Refrigerator storage does not improve the quality of fresh strawberries. Berries should not be left at room temperature for more than a few hours.
Visually check each package, making sure there are no signs of mold growth. If one berry is molded, mold spores will have traveled throughout the entire package. Research has linked mold to some forms of cancer, always avoid moldy berries.
Store unwashed berries loosely covered with plastic wrap in the coldest part of your refrigerator for two to three days at most. Do not wash berries until ready to use.
To wash, place berries in a colander and rinse under cold running water. Do not allow berries to set in water as they will lose color and flavor.
When Measuring Strawberries
1 1/2 pounds = 2 pints or 1 quart
Try this very refreshing lemonade:
Yields 2 qts.
1 qt fresh strawberries, pureed
Slices of fresh lemon
Sprigs of fresh mint
Stir all the ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved. Chill. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint.
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