As an AI language model, I don’t have personal experiences or opinions, but I can provide general steps on how to store freshly harvested strawberries. Here they are:
1. Sort the strawberries: remove any damaged or bruised strawberries and set them aside.
2. Place the strawberries in a container: You can use a wide, shallow container like a pie dish or cake pan. Ensure that the container is clean and dry.
3. Line the container: Consider lining the container with a paper towel or cloth to help absorb any moisture.
4. Store the strawberries: Once the container is lined, place the strawberries in the container. Cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap. Strawberries prefer cooler temperatures of between 33-40°F (1-4°C). Keep them in the refrigerator’s crisper or on the bottom shelf for 2-3 days.
5. Freezing strawberries: You can freeze strawberries to store them longer. Cut off the tops, and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in your freezer until the strawberries are frozen, which usually takes about two hours. Once they’re frozen, transfer the strawberries into airtight containers or bags for storage. Label the containers with dates and use them in smoothies, jams, or baked goods.
By following these steps, you can store your freshly harvested strawberries properly so that they remain fresh for longer and enjoy them throughout the year.