How to Store Strawberries so They Don't Get Moldy in Two Seconds

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Strawberries are delicious and delightful, but they are also a pain in the butt when it comes to storage. Every time we get a fresh container of strawberries, it feels as though we blink and suddenly, they're all covered in mold. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this.

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Thanks to The Kitchn, we now know exactly how to store strawberries that won't grow mold before our very eyes. To find the best method, the publication tested seven different recommendations that can be found across the internet — but by far, there was one technique that blew the rest out of the water.

Scoring a 9.5/10 with only 5% of the berries spoiling at the end of the testing week is the vinegar and salad spinner method. Essentially, you fill a bowl with one part white vinegar and three parts water, dunk the strawberries in the mixture, drain them, and then dry them in a salad spinner lined with paper towels (which is advice courtesy of Food52).

After the berries are dried off, you'll want to store them in a container lined with paper towel. Instead of sealing the lid so it's airtight, place it loosely on the container and then put the strawberries in the refrigerator. In other words, you want to avoid moisture developing at all costs.

While prepping and storing your strawberries in this manner will take extra time, it will be worth it to ensure that mold doesn't ruin your fruity snack.

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Anna is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle and design content for Hunker. She's written for Apartment Therapy, the L.A. Times, Forge, and more. She previously worked as the lifestyle editor at HelloGiggles and deputy editor at So Yummy. Her email: anna.gragert@hunker.com