How Long Do Strawberries Last?


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3-7 days
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10-12 months


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long do strawberries last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions and how ripe the berries were when purchased or picked - for maximum shelf life, keep strawberries refrigerated at all times.
  • How long do strawberries last at room temperature? Strawberries should only be left out at room temperature if being consumed within one or two days, as strawberries are highly perishable and do not ripen after being picked.
  • Refrigerate strawberries in their closed plastic clamshell container (if purchased in one) or place berries loosely in a shallow container and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Discard any bruised or moldy strawberries before refrigerating.
  • To extend the shelf life of strawberries, do not wash the berries until ready to eat or use.
  • How long do strawberries last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, strawberries will usually keep for about 3 to 7 days in the fridge.
  • Can you freeze whole strawberries? Yes, to freeze: (1) Rinse berries and blot dry (2) Slice stems off at top of berry (3) Place strawberries, cut side down, on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper (4) Place uncovered cookie sheet in the freezer for several hours, until frozen (5)Transfer frozen strawberries to covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do whole strawberries last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - strawberries that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if strawberries are bad or spoiled? Strawberries that are spoiling will typically become soft and mushy and their color will deteriorate; discard strawberries if mold appears or if the strawberries have an off smell or appearance.

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