How to keep Strawberries fresh

't's strawberry season, and we want to make the best of it!

Who doesn't love them? 

Apart from being yummy, they are also super healthy!

Vitamin C and antioxidants are good for your immune system, cancer prevention and collagen destruction (bye-bye wrinkles!).
Strawberries also seem to counteract bad cholesterol, burn stored fat and regulate blood pressure and insulin levels. 

Unfortunately they are pretty perishable. If they're not already half-rotten at the store, they may quickly go bad in your refrigerator or in your kid's snack box. 

I heard about the "vinegar hack" here and there and decided to give it a try:

Soak your berries (or any other fruit for that matter) in 3-4 parts water, 1 part vinegar. I used white balsamic, but I'm pretty sure a less pricey one works just fine, too.

Wash, rinse and drain them in a colander. The vinegar won't be detectable when you eat your strawberries!

Place them on kitchen towels and pat them dry. 

Some say to store them in a container lined with a kitchen towel to absorb moisture build-up and leave the lid open. I just used my super jar.

For the snack box, place with very few elbowroom and leave the stems in

Even though Mr C prefers them convenient, fuss-free, ready-to-eat and with a sticker!

If you still end up with mushy strawberries, use them to make some super yummy strawberry rhubarb muffins!

Or, if you like pie, why don't you go for a strawberry rhubarb pie as today,  June 9 is national strawberry rhubarb pie day? 

Thank you for pointing that out, Jules - check out her blog over at The Bergham Chronicles!

The pie recipe is from my favorite food blogger, Chef John. He has the recipe from his Mom Pauline, who had it from her sister... Anyway, I just learned that Pauline passed away on Mother's Day. I am so sorry for your loss, Chef John!