Remember, strawberries are perishable and need to be handled gently. Always leave the green cap on the strawberry when picking them. This will help to keep the berry firm. Protect the berries from the sunlight. When transporting the strawberries, do not crowd or press them into containers.
Sort and remove any bruised or damaged berries as soon as possible and use in sauces, purees or jams. Place the berries in cool well ventilated containers. The moisture content of Fresh Strawberries is high, so store uncovered or loosely covered. Hull strawberries and rinse gently JUST before serving. Careful storing and handling will maintain their maximum flavor , color and texture.
Strawberries are best used within 2-3 days of picking. Cover and store them unwashed in the refrigerator.
For long time storage, freezing is recommended. Strawberries can be frozen and safely kept for up to 1 year. Use quart or pint containers or place in heavy freezer bags tightly sealed. Choose firm, ripe berries; wash in ice water before hulling. Carefully drain well on several layers of paper towels.