I am so excited because strawberry season has arrived! When I was a kid, I would spend summer afternoons at my girlfriend’s house. Her folks had a huge strawberry patch and we would spend hours laughing in the warm sunshine and telling secrets while we picked berries. Honestly, I think we ate more than we picked!
Do you have a strawberry patch in your backyard or are you like me and rely on the fresh produce section at your local grocery store for berries? If you have a patch, I am in strawberry envy!!! Just sayin’!
A couple of months ago while at Costco, I found a great deal on fresh strawberries. I bought about 20 pounds. Needless to say, I have been busy making freezer jam, baking bread, cakes and cookies with these sweet gems!
Many of us today rely on our local grocery to supply our strawberries. (Although I do dream of having a berry patch one day!) I don’t know about you, but I get really frustrated when I buy strawberries and get them home to find they are lacking in flavor and quality. Read on for a few of my tried and proven tips that I use to select the best store-bought strawberries.
How to Pick Store-Bought Strawberries
You won’t believe how easy these fool-proof tips are for picking fresh strawberries.
- Smell the container. Most containers are called clamshells (they are clear and have holes in the bottom or side). The berries should emit a fresh sweet fragrance. If they do not, I put them right back on the shelf.
- Look for strawberries that are bright red with no white at the top.
- Open the container and gently feel the berries. They should be firm to the touch and not soft or squishy.
- Turn the container over and look at the berries on the bottom. They should not have mold or bruised spots.
Stop and smell the strawberries! Considered members of the rose family, they give off a sweet fragrance as they grow on bushes. ~ Country Living Magazine