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Tips for Preparing Strawberries

Since they are very perishable, Strawberries should not be washed until right before eating or using in a recipe. Do not remove their caps and stems until after you have gently washed the berries under cold running water and patted them dry. This will prevent them from absorbing excess water, which can degrade Strawberries' texture and flavor. To remove the stems, caps and white hull, simply pinch these off with your fingers or use a paring knife.

Despite their perishable nature, Strawberries do appear to hold up well for a day or two in fruit salad if properly stored and chilled. This is good news for those of us who are pressed for time but love fresh fruit salad. And who doesn't since it's a perfect addition to any meal and makes a great snack or dessert?

Strawberries retain their maximum amount of nutrients and their maximum taste when they are enjoyed fresh and not prepared in a cooked recipe. That is because their nutrients—including vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes—are unable to withstand the temperature (350°F/175°C) used in baking.

Strawberries are among the most versatile of fresh fruits and can be eaten fresh or served as desserts and drinks

Basic Fun Recipes with Strawberries

Strawberry Drink
Strawberry Milkshake
Strawberry Smoothie
Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Cheese Cake
Chocolate Waffles
Strawberry Salsa
Boston Cream Pie