How to Clean, Trim, & Store Berries
Step 1: Clean
The proper way to clean berries is to pour them into a bowl of clean, cold water and then gently lift them out (all the dirt falls to the bottom of the bowl). More often I end up taking a shortcut by placing my berries (not too many) into a small colander and running cold water over.
Step 2: Dry
I lay clean cloth napkins or dish towels onto my kitchen counter. Spread berries out onto dish towels. Using a clean napkin or paper towel pick up each strawberry and gently pat dry. Do the same with small handfuls of blueberries (or raspberries or blackberries).
Step 3: Trim
First - see my Strawberries 101 how-to-trim
Step 4: Store in Fridge
I use various sizes of mason jars with plastic or metal lids. Make sure to put larger berries on the bottom and smaller on the top.