How to select and store strawberries
When selecting strawberries, choose berries that are shiny, firm and fragrant. A strawberry should be almost completely red, although some white near the leafy cap is not uncommon. Skip any berries that are moldy or lack aroma.
Keep the berries refrigerated in their containers until ready to use. Throw away moldy berries. Leave caps on strawberries until they are rinsed. Always rinse berries before using.
Berry flavors are at their best at room temperature, so take them out of the refrigerator an hour or two before serving.