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Hood strawberries from Oregon

How to Wash Strawberries

Washing strawberries not only removes unwanted mold spores and dirt but when properly washed and dried, clean strawberries will last much longer.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Drying time: 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 pints of strawberries


  • 3 L cold water
  • ¼ cup distilled vinegar
  • 6 pints strawberries


  • Fill a large bowl with approximately 3 liters cold water. Add vinegar. Add strawberries. Submerge by gently pressing down on the strawberries and use your hands to move them around.
  • Allow strawberries to soak in vinegar solution for about 10 minutes.
  • Use hands to scoop strawberries out of vinegar solution and gently place in colander. Rinse with cold water. Discard dirty water.
  • Set strawberries on paper towels or a clean dish cloth in a single layer. They must be fully dry prior to refrigerating or freezing.
  • Use a fresh batch of water and vinegar with each batch of strawberries.


Drying tips:
  • Prior to setting strawberries on towel, shake off as much excess water as possible.
  • If using a kitchen towel versus paper towels, I recommend using a dark red towel as the strawberries might stain.
  • I highly recommend blowing a fan over the top of the strawberries in order to dry them quicker.
  • If the towel is saturated, transfer the strawberries to a dry towel (flipping them over so the dry side is down) in order to fully dry the berry.