Shelf Life of
Strawberries

How Long Do Strawberries Last?

Shelf Life of Strawberries

How long do strawberries last? The shelf life of strawberries depends when the strawberries were picked (since there is not usually a sell by date) and how they are stored. Strawberries are a delicious fruit best in the spring and summer when they are fresh off the strawberry plant. Strawberries are a popular fruit because of their fresh sweet taste and ease of preparation – they can be eaten right off the stem (after rinsing of course) with little waste or used in hundreds of different ways. So, how long do strawberries last? When properly stored, the shelf life of fresh strawberries past their picked or purchased date is approximately …

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Fresh Whole Strawberries lasts for 1-2 Days 5-7 Days 6-8 Months
Fresh Cut Strawberries lasts for 1 Day 1-3 Days 3-4 Months




Of course, strawberries last for a shorter period of time if they are not stored properly. But remember, strawberries, like a lot of other fresh fruits, usually do not have a use by date or a best before date so you will have to use the date purchased. Sometimes when strawberries are purchased in a package it is labeled with the date the strawberries were packed into the container or there will be a best buy date on strawberries purchased frozen – this date can be used to calculate the eat by date.

How to tell if strawberries are bad, rotten or spoiled?


Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your strawberries have gone bad. Some common traits of bad strawberries are a mushy, soft texture and some discoloration and bruising and then mold will start to appear. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled strawberries, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your strawberries prior to the eat by date.

How to store strawberries and extend their shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food. Strawberries should be stored directly from the store (*do not wash) into a tightly sealed BPE free plastic air-tight container to keep out moisture and other contaminants, this will keep them fresh well beyond any other storage method. This tip is from a farmer and beats any other way to store strawberries, just be sure to *rinse your strawberries off immediately before use and leave the rest sealed for 5 days or even more depending on your container. If they begin to taste like plastic after several days, then your container may not be BPE free and some of the chemicals from the container are beginning to leak into the fruit (you should get new containers). Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How long are strawberries good for when prepared in a dish?

How long do strawberries last? That depends. How long do bakery products last? In general, strawberries last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish, but fresh strawberries will probably be one of the first ingredients to turn bad. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date
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What are our shelf life resources?

Our strawberry shelf life content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of strawberries.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the shelf life of strawberries information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!