Storing and Preparing Strawberries
Before using or storing strawberries, sort through the strawberries and separate the soft ones from the firm, fully ripe berries. Discard any mushy or spoiled berries.
Store them single layer in a colander in the refrigerator. This allows the cold air to circulate around them. Do not cover them and do not wash them until ready to use.
Remove caps from strawberries only after washing. Prepare strawberries for serving by rinsing with caps still attached under a gentle spray of cool water; pat dry with a paper towel. (Don't remove the caps before washing; the caps keep the water from breaking down the texture and flavor inside the berries.). Wash the berries just before you plan to use them. Use as soon as possible; strawberries ripen no further once picked.
To keep strawberries from absorbing large quantities of water when washing them, place in a salad spinner to remove excess water.