This is something I probably take for granted – one of those little tricks of the trade that make the perfect sliced strawberries. The experts say to not wash or cut your strawberries until you are ready to eat them. However, in my house, if they are not washed and cut by me, they won’t get eaten! So, experts, bite me!
Wash the strawberries, remove the stems and slice the strawberries to the size you want. I generally quarter them because the strawberries we get now are so big and they are then bite size for cereal or whatever.
Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar/splenda over the top and the juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon (depending on the number of strawberries). Give them a gentle toss and let rest. The strawberries will make their own little simple syrup that makes them extra sweet, not dry out and acts as a bit of a natural preservative to last longer.
Store them in a tight container and spoon them out as a side dish or onto cereal, yogurt or ice cream whenever you are ready.
I’m with Melissa on this one. If my kids are going to eat strawberries, they need to be washed and ready for them to grab. If you see that your strawberries are close to going bad before you will eat them all, freeze them in a Ziploc bag. They are great for smoothies!!