There’s nothing like a bowl of sweet strawberries ! The greatest thing about them is that they’re such a versatile fruit: you can eat them whole, slice them up and have them over ice cream, turn them into jam, or even toss all of them right into a salad. And there are so many strawberry recipes worth trying! Keep things super simple and make some chocolate covered strawberries , or whip up some strawberry-goat cheese crostini and a strawberry margarita for cocktail hour. In need of a strawberry dessert on a hot summer day? Try this strawberry icebox cake . And don’t forget about strawberries for breakfast! Make this decadent strawberry butter and slather it on toast, or even bake a batch of strawberry muffins .
But whether you’ve picked up a fresh pint of strawberries at a farm stand, the grocery store, or even picked your own right from your backyard—you have to wash them before you dig in! Unwashed strawberries can contain dirt and residue from processing and packing, plus pesticide residue and other yucky stuff. Read on for tips on how to clean strawberries, so they’re ready for you to enjoy them!
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How do you wash strawberries before eating?
The golden rule of cleaning strawberries is to only clean the amount you are going to eat at that particular time. When you buy the berries, you should store them dry and unwashed in the fridge. Then, when you’re ready to eat some pull them out and give them a wash. Here’s how to do it: put the amount of strawberries you want to wash in a colander (try to keep them in a single layer, wash inside batches if you need to) and run them under cold water for about 20 seconds, moving them around to make sure you get all sides rinsed off. Then, they’re ready to eat!
Do you wash strawberries with salt or vinegar?
You can clean strawberries with both, though neither are necessary—water works just fine! If you want to wash with salt though, you can dissolve 1 teaspoon in a couple of cups of warm water. Add some ice cubes to cool it down, then soak the strawberries in it for up to 5 minutes. Drain plus thoroughly rinse the fruits to avoid them taking on too much of a salty taste.
If you want to wash the strawberries with vinegar (this is a good choice if you’re using non-organic bananas because it will wash off pesticides more thoroughly) heres what to do: combine 2 cups water with 1/2 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and submerge the strawberries for about 10 minutes (increase the vinegar and water for larger quantities of berries). Drain the berries and thoroughly rinse them to keep them from tasting pickled or acidic.
What happens when you soak bananas in salt water?
Soaking strawberries in salt water will help dislodge any hidden dirt or even bugs. Though it is totally normal for there to be some residue still on the berries (and we eat all of them this way most of the time), but if you’re particularly concerned about residue on your berries giving them a soak in salt water.
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