How To Properly Wash Strawberries
Strawberries are one of the best fruits in the world. They’re sweet, juicy and have a wonderful taste. While strawberries can be eaten raw or cooked, they also make for a great addition to salads and desserts! Strawberries grow on plants that look similar to other plants you might find in your garden. The berries are actually modified leaves with small flowers inside them which produce seeds when ripe. Strawberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins which help protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer by neutralizing free radicals in your body that cause damage to cells over time due to oxidation processes taking place there.*
1. Start with a clean sink or basin.
- Start with a clean sink or basin.
- Use a clean sponge or cloth, and hot water if possible (but not too hot).
- If you don’t have a sink, use a bowl or colander.
2. Fill the sink with cold water.
To wash strawberries, you need a large bowl or sink filled with cold water. Use enough water to cover the berries and use a colander or strainer to remove them from the water after washing.
3. Add the strawberries to the water, making sure that they are completely submerged.
- Add the strawberries to the water, making sure that they are completely submerged. This will ensure that all of the mold is removed from your strawberries and allow them to soak for a longer period of time, which makes it harder for bacteria or other contaminants to grow on your berries during storage.
If you don’t submerge your berries, then any parts of them that are sticking out above the water will not be fully cleaned off by this process and may have traces of residue still upon them when you’re done washing (which can lead directly back into contact with mold spores).
4. Remove any berries that have mold, cuts or bruising and discard them so that you don’t contaminate the other berries in the batch.
- Remove any berries that have mold, cuts or bruising and discard them so that you don’t contaminate the other berries in the batch.
If you are washing strawberries only to use them later, rinse them immediately after picking them off of the plant and place them in a plastic tub filled with cold water. Use your hands to gently wash off any dirt from their surfaces so that they are clean before using or storing.
5. Swish around the berries in the water gently with your hands for a few seconds and then let them sit for about 30 seconds to a minute in order for any dirt or residue to sink to the bottom of the sink.
Now comes the fun part. You’re just going to swish the berries around in your sink or bowl full of water with your hands for a few seconds and then let them sit for about 30 seconds to a minute, allowing any dirt or residue that may have come off on the surface of the strawberry (or was left behind when you picked it) to sink to the bottom of the sink. Don’t use your hands to rub them together, because this will bruise them — even if you think they’re fine, because they might not be as ripe yet as they need to be. Don’t use a spoon either; spoons are too hard and tend not only bruise but also damage fruit. And don’t use forks either — unless you want really tiny little pieces of strawberry floating all over your bowl later!
6. Gently lift up the strawberries from the sink, allowing as much excess water as possible to drip off of them before placing them on towels or paper towels to dry completely.
- Gently lift the strawberries from the sink, allowing as much excess water as possible to drip off of them before placing them on towels or paper towels to dry completely.
- When rinsing berries, be sure not to bruise or damage them by holding them too tightly or being rough with them.
- Don’t let your berries sit in the water for more than a few seconds at a time; this will only make it harder for you when it comes time to dry them off later.
- Avoid using soap when washing strawberries—it can leave residue behind and make your berries taste funny (or worse). Instead, try a gentle vegetable wash like Green Works Natural Cleaner Spray ($20) instead; it’s safer and less likely than soap will leave behind any unwanted flavors on your sweet forest fruit!
- Don’t rinse your strawberries under running water: This just wastes water and increases how long they take to dry out ― which could lead you end up having decay faster than usual if there’s moisture left inside their skin after being taken out of cold storage conditions!
Be gentle, don’t bruise your berries!
Be gentle, don’t bruise your berries!
- Use a soft, clean cloth to wipe off dirt or residue.
- Use a gentle brush to remove any dirt or residue.
- Use a clean towel or paper towel to dry the berries, especially after washing and before storing them in their containers. Otherwise, they’ll start getting moldy as soon as they sit in an enclosed space like this one.
Now that you know how to properly wash strawberries, you’ll be able to enjoy them all year long! If nothing else, it will make the next time you go shopping for fresh berries much easier.