Learn the best way for how to store strawberries to ensure you get to enjoy the berries you buy before they spoil. Plus, tips on freezing strawberries and using them up, too.

storing strawberries in containers on countertop.

How to Store Strawberries

Berries are notorious for spoiling really quickly, which makes sense given they are delicate fruits. But there are easy ways to store strawberries that can help extend their life and give you and your family the chance to eat them all before they start to spoil.

We’ll cover the best ways for how to store strawberries, whether to wash before storing, how to freeze strawberries, and favorite strawberry recipes to share with the kids.

These tips work for any type of strawberries, though remember that fresh, local berries are usually even more delicate. So use extra care when storing that type of berry.

(You may also like Healthy Strawberry Muffins, Strawberry Yogurt, Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake, and Strawberry Frozen Yogurt.)


Ingredients You Need

To store strawberries, all you need is your berries and containers. You have the option to soak and rinse them in water and white vinegar before storing if you’d like to get them extra clean.

Containers You Need

You can use any type of storage container you prefer when learning how to store strawberries, though the berries will last the longest in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

strawberries washing in bowl of water and vinegar

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in storing strawberries.

  1. Option 1: Transfer your strawberries to a container lined with a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel in single layers. If you can fit two or more layers in your container, put paper towel or towel between the berries. Cover with a lid and refrigerate. Rinse right before serving.
  2. Option 2: Transfer the strawberries to a big bowl with a 1:3 mixture of white vinegar and water. Stir gently with your hands to help dislodge any dirt from the berries. Transfer to a container lined with a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel and let dry by sitting at room temperature for an hour, or you can pat gently to dry. Cover and refrigerate.

How to Freeze Strawberries

This is my favorite method to freeze strawberries: Wash, dry, and remove the stems. Slice if desired and add to a zip-top freezer bag. Press into one layer, remove as much air as you can, and seal.

strawberries in lined container.

Favorite Strawberry Recipes

Once you have stored strawberries in the fridge, you can of course just eat them. But you can also use them in any of the delicious recipes below.

Favorite Strawberry Overnight Oats
This recipe makes enough for one adult or for one adult and one small child serving. It's easy to double, so make more as needed!
Favorite Strawberry Overnight Oats
strawberry overnight oats in jars.
Healthy Strawberry Muffins
With fresh berries and a burst of lemon, these healthy Strawberry Muffins are a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack to share with the kids.
Healthy Strawberry Muffins
healthy strawberry muffins on cooling rack.
Easy Strawberry Banana Bread
Bursting with fruit and the moistness you expect from a classic loaf, this lower-sugar Strawberry Banana Bread is a seriously delicious breakfast or snack to share with the kids.
Easy Strawberry Banana Bread
Oven-Dried Strawberries
You can do two baking sheets at once to get a slightly larger batch—definitely do this if you’re making these for more than one kiddo! Just be sure to swap the positions of the pans halfway through baking to ensure that they bake evenly.
Oven-Dried Strawberries
dried strawberries
Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt
You can use fresh or frozen berries in this simple Strawberry Smoothie and the results will have a texture that is similar to drinkable yogurt. To make it thicker and to try different flavor options, see the Notes at the end of the recipe.
Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt
Fresh Strawberry Puree
This simple puree is no-cook, so be sure to start with great-tasting berries. It's a perfect fruit puree for a baby, or a delicious way to add flavor to yogurt and oatmeal for all members of the family. (It's also great with ice cream and waffles!)
Fresh Strawberry Puree
strawberry puree in white bowl with berries.
Favorite Strawberry Milk
Creamy and delicious, Strawberry Milk is easy to make with fresh strawberries or freeze-dried ones. The version with freeze-dried berries tastes more similar to store-bought strawberry milk; the one with fresh berries tastes more like fresh strawberries!
Favorite Strawberry Milk

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make strawberries last longer in the refrigerator?

Ensure they are dry when stored, line the container you bought them in from the store with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture and reduce the likelihood of mold, or store in a glass jar or container.

Should strawberries be stored in an airtight container?

Once strawberries have been cleaned, hulled, or cut, they last longer when stored in an airtight container.

Why do strawberries last longer in glass jars?

Airtight containers seem to help strawberries last longer in the refrigerator, especially if storing them after hulling or slicing them.

Best Tips for Success

  • You can follow these tips for how to store strawberries and keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Line meal prep containers with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
  • Make sure to remove any berries that are already moldy when transferring them from the container.
  • Be very gentle with local, fresh berries as they are often very delicate.

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This post was first published June 2022.

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