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How to Clean Strawberries

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How to clean strawberries with our tried and tested method. So those juicy berries are clean, bug free and taste their sweetest.

If you’ve been strawberry picking then you’ll be super tempted to just pop those strawberries straight into your mouth, they’re just so tasty that it’s easy to forget that they need to be washed before eating.

We’ll run you through our tried and tested method for washing strawberries, that removes bugs and dirt and keeps them tasting sweet and juicy.

Cleaning strawberries is a delicate process that should be done with care so as not to bruise or damage the fruit.

how to clean strawberries using a colander and fresh running water

How To Clean Strawberries

Just follow our step by step instructions for how to wash strawberries and keep your berries tasting great!

Strawberries usually grow near to the ground, so often have soil particles on them, plus they’ve probably also been in contact with bugs, insects or other wildlife.

So it’s important to wash fruit properly before eating. Plus our vinegar bath method really helps to get rid of any bugs that might be lingering.

First up though – only wash the strawberries when you’re ready to eat them. If you wash them all prior to storing in the fridge it’ll cause them to spoil more quickly.

When storing your strawberries, just pick over them to remove any that are on the turn, over squishy or have mould on.

Then store the rest in an air tight container, lined with paper kitchen towels in the fridge. And wash them when you want to eat them.

Equipment Needed For Washing Fresh Strawberries

  • Colander
  • Bowl
  • Tablespoon
  • 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar
  • Fresh clean towel
  • Paper kitchen towels
cleaning strawberries in a vinegar bath

How To Clean Strawberries

Wondering how to wash fresh strawberries?

Well… crazy as it seems, you’re going to wash them in a vinegar bath. But don’t worry because once they’re rinsed you’ll not taste the vinegar on the berries at all.

So just follow our simple instructions below for how to clean strawberries with apple cider vinegar

Step One – Wash the strawberries under cold running water

  • Put the strawberries into a colander and gently swish around under cold running water – this will remove any soil or dirt.

Step Two – Make up the vinegar bath for washing fruit

  • Add 4 cups of cold water and 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bowl.
  • Put the strawberries into the vinegar bath for 5-10 minutes, swishing them around in the water every few minutes to ensure all parts of the strawberry is soaked.

Step Three – Drain the strawberries

  • Drain the strawberries using a colander and rinse under cold running water.
  • Tip the washed strawberries onto a clean towel and pat dry using kitchen paper.

You might also like our guide on – How To Wash Blackberries

Here’s What To Do Now You Know How To Clean Strawberries – Try These Recipes!

Looking for more recipes to use up strawberries? Try these!

  • Strawberry And Mango Eton Mess – a super simple strawberry dessert recipe. Juicy strawberries and mango tumbled together with whipped cream and broken meringue.
  • Strawberry Fizz – adults only for this one… sweet as candy strawberry puree topped with sparkling Prosecco for a summery party drink.
Yield: One Batch Of Vinegar Bath

How To Clean Strawberries

strawberries being washed in a green colander under a running tap

How to clean strawberries with our tried and tested method. So those juicy berries are clean, bug free and taste their sweetest.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Less than £1

Materials

  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

Tools

  • Colander
  • Bowl
  • Tablespoon
  • Towel
  • Kitchen paper towel

Instructions

  1. Put the strawberries into a colander and gently swish around under cold running water – this will remove any soil or dirt.
  2. Add 4 cups of cold water and 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bowl.
  3. Put the strawberries into the vinegar bath for 5-10 minutes, swishing them around in the water every few minutes to ensure all parts of the strawberry is soaked.
  4. Drain the strawberries using a colander and rinse in fresh running cold water.
  5. Tip the washed strawberries onto a clean towel and pat dry using kitchen paper.

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