The Trick To Saving Mushy Strawberries

No one likes eating a mushy berry. The overripe texture is grainy and displeasing to our taste buds. But, as preventing food waste becomes something on the forefront of many people's minds, it is advisable to not give up on sad-looking fruit so fast.

When it comes to strawberries, proper storage can help prolong the life of your berries. According to the Food Network, if you plan on eating your berries right away, you can simply keep them on your kitchen counter as room temperature preserves the berries' flavor.

If you're storing them for later, line a dish with a dry paper towel or washcloth. Remove them from their original container and place them in a single layer. They should be covered with plastic wrap or an airtight lid. No need to remove their stems or cut them. This should allow them to stay firm for up to a week (via Food Network).

But if your berries do happen to take on that squishy, unappetizing texture, make sure not to throw them out right away.

Ice ice baby

According to Reader's Digest, putting your berries in an ice bath can rejuvenate your fruit. They say to put your mushy berries in a bowl and cover them with ice. Once covered, pour cold water over the berries until fully submerged with the ice floating. Let them soak for 20 minutes and then pour out the water. You should see your refreshed berries looking brighter and plumper.

Shine stands by this method as well, explaining that the cold burst will "shock" your produce back to life and advising you to thoroughly dry your fruits and vegetables after the process is complete. And once you're finished with your ice baths, you can reuse the water instead of just pouring it out. Reader's Digest suggests waiting until it warms up and then watering thirsty houseplants.

Use this ice bath method next time you feel the need to toss your mushy strawberries and you'll be helping out the planet and your wallet.