Strawberries become unappetizing when they start to get mushy. At best, the berries are juiced or incorporated into pastries and such. But now that there is a way to rejuvenate soft strawberries, you may never need to do any of that. This hack is cost-effective as it only requires things you already have in your home, but most importantly, it helps to reduce food wastage.
There is very little else that compares to the anxiety that sets in when you realize that your strawberries, which looked great just yesterday, have already started to wilt and become soggy.
Mushy strawberries may be safe to eat, but they are not in their best form, which makes discarding them sometimes appealing. This brings us to the science of why strawberries become mushy.
Strawberries are made up of high water content, and it contributes to their firmness and shape. Simply put, a strawberry will start to wilt and get mushy when it starts to lose water.
Once you pluck a strawberry from its stem, it continues to emit volatile compounds and moisture slowly. Since it can no longer replenish them through its stem, its moisture and nutrient levels continue to decrease, cell walls soften and may even collapse.
But rejuvenating such a strawberry takes a mere 20 minutes, a few simple steps, and all you need is already right in your kitchen!
This trick will restore the strawberries' appealing plumpness so you can eat them straight out of a bowl. Cool right!?
Remember: this trick won't work if the strawberries are already moldy (i.e., the cell walls have started to break down) and rot has fully set in. Once you begin to spot molds or other evidence of microbial growth on your strawberries, discard them!