Are you supposed to refrigerate strawberries?

In this article, we will answer the question “Are you supposed to refrigerate strawberries?” and discuss the Rules for storing strawberries?

Are you supposed to refrigerate strawberries?

Yes, we are supposed to refrigerate strawberries. Every year, I raise a few strawberry plants, and the tastiest berries of the season are generally those plucked in the yard and eaten while I scan the garden, looking forward to a summer of lush, homegrown food.

Growing strawberries at home is a joy I wouldn’t trade, but with “U-Pick-‘Em” fields and the farmers’ market offering the succulent, crimson berry for the next few weeks, the select strawberries from my yard will be overshadowed by gallons and gallons of sourced berries to be cooked into jam, churned into ice cream, served in smoothies and desserts, or, best of all, eaten fresh by the fistful.

 Fresh strawberries are an unrivaled spring treat, but they are only available for a limited time. Whether you want to eat strawberries today or in six months, understanding how to store them will ensure you receive the greatest flavor without losing a single fruit due to their infamously short shelf life.

One to two days

Fresh strawberries should be refrigerated immediately, although they will keep on the counter for a few days. Remove any bruised or otherwise blemished berries and lay the remainder in a colander or open-weave basket to allow for sufficient ventilation.

 To preserve the mold-prone, moist flesh within the berry from exposure, the stems should be maintained intact until the fruit is ready to eat. While it may be tempting to wash strawberries as soon as you bring them home, resist the temptation. Strawberries will absorb the water, making them more prone to deterioration. Strawberries will only survive a few days without refrigeration, even if handled carefully.

Three to seven days

Moisture is the fresh strawberry’s worst enemy. Although it may be tempting to keep them in sealed containers, strawberries decay faster when moisture is trapped inside. Even the plastic containers that many grocery shop strawberries come in are not suitable for refrigerator storage. Instead, place strawberries in an uncovered container or a large pan lined with paper towels to help wick water away from the delicate berries.

Colanders are ideal for strawberry storage since they enable air to circulate freely. Strawberries, like whole berries, should be kept in an airtight container once sliced or hulled to preserve the exposed flesh from mold and bacterial growth, which dramatically reduces shelf life.

Eight days to six months

Strawberry season is only a few weeks long, and there’s a reason why it’s so eagerly awaited. Fresh strawberries grown just a week ago are already beyond their peak, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this year’s harvest even after the expiration date has passed. Dry-freezing strawberries will keep most of their flavor and texture for up to six months and can be kept for up to a year.

 Strawberries canned or frozen in syrup retain some taste but are mushy and should be used in baking or mixed with yogurt or porridge. Then there’s strawberry jam, of course. Freezing gets the closest to preserving the characteristics of freshly harvested strawberries. Other methods of long-term storage have their charm, but none of them can preserve the bright flavor and crisp texture of newly picked strawberries.

Rules of storing strawberries

The best manner to preserve strawberries is determined by when they will be used. Strawberries are fragile, delicate fruit that should be handled with care. The last thing you want is to bring home a basket of rotten berries.

  • Wash it

Only wash strawberries before eating them. This is crucial for two reasons. Strawberries, like sponges, absorb every drop of moisture they come into contact with, making them mushy and spoiling faster. Wet berries are also more likely to mold.

  • Allow the stems to remain as long as possible

Leaving the stems on strawberries until you’re ready to eat them will extend their shelf life.

  •  Don’t let a single fruit ruin the whole bunch.

Remove any rotten berries from the container as soon as you see them. Mold spreads quickly, so remove any damaged berries before they contaminate the remainder of the cluster. Flip clamshell berries over to check the bunch if you buy them at the grocery store. If you come upon a mold berry, keep hunting for a better option.

Fresh strawberries, on the other hand, are expensive, and there’s nothing worse than buying a pint of perfectly ripe strawberries only to have them go bad in a day or two. It’s a frustrating scenario I’ve had far too many times, and it’s an issue I was eager to help address.


In this article, we will answer the question “Are you supposed to refrigerate strawberries?” and discuss the Rules for storing strawberries?


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.