Unwashed strawberries may contain dirt, residue, pesticide residue, or even tiny bugs. Cleaning strawberries properly is crucial.
Only clean the amount of strawberries you are going to eat. Store them dry and unwashed in the fridge until ready to consume.
Rinse strawberries under cold water for about 20 seconds, moving them around to ensure all sides are rinsed off.
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in warm water, add ice cubes, soak strawberries for up to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Mix 2 cups water with 1/2 cup white vinegar, submerge strawberries for about 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Soaking strawberries in salt water helps dislodge any hidden dirt or bugs. Rinse thoroughly after soaking.
Once your strawberries are clean, they're ready to be enjoyed in your favorite recipes or as a fresh, healthy snack.