- Look for plump, vibrantly colored berries with healthy looking, green caps.
- Inspect the packages from all sides, avoiding fruit with dark sunken areas, signs of mold or wet spots on the berries or containers.
- Keep them cold in the fridge, but they’ll have better taste and texture if you use them within a couple days.
- Wash Strawberries under cold water just before use.
- Have extra fruit that is beginning to become overripe? Turn them into an ingredient for a smoothie or shake.
Juicing vs. Blending
Don’t use strawberries in a juice extractor – it’s almost a waste of fruit since you get very little juice from those soft red berries in the process. Firm-textured, high juice content, low glycemic index fruits like apples and pears are much better than berries in juicer recipes to add liquid volume and sweetness to vegetable blends.
Blending, on the other hand, is a fantastic way to enjoy the full flavor of strawberries mixed with other ingredients, plus you get the benefits of the berries’ fiber and anti-oxidants. Adding those tired looking strawberries you forgot about in the fridge in a smoothie is a fantastic way to avoid waste and feel good. If you have some berries you know you won’t be able to eat while they’re still fresh – freeze them! Frozen berries allow you to use less ice in your smoothie blends.