We just got home from picking 20 pounds of strawberries. The problem is, I don’t have time to do anything with them today. Strawberries are so fickle that after being a bit squished in the containers we put them in and just the nature of a strawberry, many of them could well be rotten by tomorrow morning.
So, fill your sink or a big bowl with ten parts water to 1 part vinegar (white or apple cider is fine). Let them sit in there for a few seconds and then put them in a colander. Then rinse them (or don’t. When they dry you can’t taste the vinegar). In the fridge, I have had them go for more than a week without rotting. They will actually start to dry out and shrivel before they have a chance to rot. The vinegar kills the mold spores and some of the bacteria that is naturally on the berries (you can really do this with any berry).
Happy picking, freezing, jam and pie making!