How to Keep Strawberries Fresh

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The best way to keep strawberries fresh is to put them on a counter at room temperature and rotate the bottom strawberries to the top every so often. Allow air flow to a strawberry container, and do not cut the stems off until they are ready to be eaten. Find out more about storing strawberries with advice from an executive chef in this free video on strawberries.

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Hi my name is Paege Chafin and I am the owner and executive chef for Roman Gardens Restaurant in St. Petersburg, Florida and today we are going to talk about how to keep your strawberries fresh. The best way to quality control your strawberries is to make sure they are the freshest they can be off the vine when you purchase them from the grocery store. As a rule strawberries once they are picked only have a shelf life of six or seven days and you cannot refrigerate them or freeze them unless you do a certain prep for the freezing part. They need to stay room temperature and they need to stay in a container that will let air flow through. Leave the stems on them and do not cut them. Once you cut them you have to refrigerate them and they'll only last a day. If you can rotate them on the counter being room temperature please do. If you've got maybe fifteen strawberries bring the bottom ones up to the top if you are not going to eat them all that day. You can also sprinkle a tiny bit of corn fructose syrup across them to keep the color if you so desire but if you only have that amount of strawberries you are probably going to eat them in less than six or seven days. That is the best way to keep strawberries fresh. Remember what we talked about. Once again I'm Page Chafin from Roman Gardens in St. Pete. Have a great day.

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