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  • How to Choose Strawberries
    Go for plump, firm, fragrant berries that are shiny and bright red. Avoid any that are bruised or withered or have a dry or brownish cap. The smaller varieties are generally more flavorful. Inspect plastic containers and cartons for stickiness or stains, signs that the fruit inside is damaged or past its prime.

  • How to Store Strawberries
    Pick through the berries and discard damaged or moldy ones. Wrap the container of remaining unwashed berries (moisture speeds decay) loosely in a plastic bag or paper towel and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    How to Prepare Strawberries
    Wash the berries and trim the caps just before using.

  • How to Use Strawberries
    Strawberries are perfect in pies, just right in jams, and a sweet-tart touch in salads. But they’re at their best raw, served at room temperature, topped with freshly whipped cream.

    —Melinda Page

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