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Grocery Hacks

The Best Way To Store Fresh Strawberries And Keep Them Lasting Longer

Our Test Kitchen shows you how to store strawberries so they stay sweet and juicy.

Biting into a garden-fresh strawberry is a sure sign that summer has arrived. Celebrate by picking your own or grabbing a cardboard pint (or two!) from your local farmers market. If you can resist gobbling them up in one go, reserve them to make one of our most irresistible recipes. (Hello, creamy, dreamy shortcake!)

But what to do once you’ve had your fill? Surely, you wouldn’t want any of these summer glories go to waste! That’s where the Taste of Home Test Kitchen can help. We’ve seen our fair share of strawberries and have devised the best tips and methods for keeping them fresher, longer—because no one wants to open the fridge to a science experiment instead of fruit!

FYI: Here’s how long your fresh produce really lasts.

How to Keep Strawberries Fresh

Before you put them away, follow these tricks to keeping strawberries farm-fresh for as long as possible.

Choose well.

When buying strawberries, search for the plumpest and most fragrant berries you can find. They should be firm, bright and fresh-looking, with no mold or bruised spots.

Find out how to tell if other produce is ripe.

Don’t wash them (yet).

Save the washing until you’re ready to use them. Strawberries stay fresh longer if unwashed, with stems on, in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator. Strawberries soak up moisture from washing, which can make them spoil in a hurry. It’s not a long way from wet berries to moldy berries.

How to Store Strawberries

Stash berries in the fridge, preferably in the crisper—yes, it’s time to learn the right way to use your crisper drawer. This drawer controls moisture, so berries won’t dry out. To keep them from going the other direction and getting too damp, tuck a paper towel in the container of berries to absorb excess moisture.

The best way to prevent strawberries from spoiling? Enjoy them while they’re fresh! If you’re going to use your berries right away, leave them at room temperature for the best flavor.

If you got quite the haul from a local U-pick farm, here are the best ways to freeze strawberries.

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Article by Elizabeth Harris and Amy Glander for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Sweets

TRENDING IN JAPAN: Covering Strawberries In Green Tea Chocolate

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A sweet new craze is hitting Japan and it’s probably one of the beautiful creations we’ve seen all year. A company is covering strawberries with Matcha Green Tea Chocolate, RocketNews24 reports.

Itohkyuemon, a Japanese tea company, has introduced a new confectionary for their customers to enjoy. Called Ochame, which means tea strawberries, the dessert is made with white chocolate that’s mixed together with a green Matcha powder. This results in a stunning bright green chocolate coating that the bright red strawberries are dipped into.

What results is a a complex balance of bitter, tart and sweet. You can get you hands on an 2.5-ounce batch at the online store here. They go for about 1296 yen which is roughly $11.

Photo: Japaaan Magazine

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Fast Food

Birthdays In A Cup: Sonic Now Has Ice Cream Cake Milkshakes

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When we were younger, our parents would make us choose between ice cream or cake for dessert. Who asks a kid to choose between two of the sweetest snacks around? Sonic Drive-In has combined the two desserts to create both Ice Cream Cake Cones and Ice Cream Cake Shakes.

Now, no child will ever have to face the heartbreaking decision we had to make growing up.

The Ice Cream Cake items are available in three toppings: Oreo Cake, Vanilla Birthday Cake and Strawberry Shortcake.

Ice cream cake combos have been trending more and more in the last few years. While we probably won’t see a deep-fried ice cream cake at Sonic anytime soon, it’s nice to see they’re stretching their wings a bit.

Though we wouldn’t mind an ice cream cake in a corn dog.

Both cones and shakes are available now at participating Sonic locations. A cone runs for about $3.12 and a small shake for $3.45.
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Features

What 24 Pizzas From The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon Look Like IRL

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As a kid, I loved watching the ’90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Who didn’t? One of the things that stuck was all the ridiculous pizzas Michelangelo and his brothers would order throughout the series. As the years passed, I started to think some of those pizzas could actually be pretty delicious if done right. Though it did take a solid 22 years for anchovies to grow on me.

Like his Renaissance namesake, who would have thought Mikey was ahead of his time. Using some hunger-fueled imagination I recreated 24 of the most disgusting pizza orders from the TV show and turned them into something you could order at a restaurant. Cowabunga.

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Tuna fish, peanut butter and grape jelly

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Tuna ahi poke on top of a bed of seaweed salad and drizzled some hot, melted peanut butter and grape jelly on top. Went more for color than taste. Ending up tasting great so that worked itself out.

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Peanut butter and clams

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Drenched the pizza in a cajun peanut butter sauce with four fresh calms. The heat from the sauce really made the clams, no pun intended, pop. Crawfish for garnish.

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Peanut butter, avocado and extra pickles

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A bed of guacamole topped with avocado slices, melted peanut butter and some sweet dill pickle chips. This is actually a sandwich I make on many an occasion.

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Marshmallow and pepperoni

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Pepperoni and cheese pizza topped with roasted marshmallows. The marshmallows look like haunting little lifeboats on a sea of pepperoni.

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Marshmallow and asparagus

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Asparagus and cheese baked directly into the crust and topped with toasted mini marshmallows. Had to many different versions of this one before I settled on this. Couldn’t be happier.

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Guacamole and Marshmallow

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A generous heap of freshly made guacamole and topped with a single marshmallow lit on fire. Kids, don’t try this at home. Grownups, go nuts.

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Butterscotch, onions and anchovies

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Onion and anchovies caramelized in brown sugar and a butterscotch sauce. Tasted great but stunk up my kitchen like nobody’s business. Do turtles have nostrils?

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Tea and toast

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A buttered slice of toast on top of tomato sauce and sprinkled with tea leaves, parmesan cheese and more tomato sauce. The original concept for this had chunks of toast drenched in tea. NOT. APPETIZING.

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Chocolate sprinkles and clam sauce

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A cheese pizza made with a hearty clam sauce and chocolate sprinkles and garnished with green onions. Not easy to make clam sauce pop on a pizza. Had to tweak it into a chowder. Master Splinter would be proud.

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Chocolate-chip

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Chocolate chips baked into the pizza and drenched with a generous amount of hot fudge. It’s essentially a cookie.

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Chocolate fudge with extra garlic

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A generous amount of fried garlic on top of a pool of melted chocolate fudge. Definitely not something you’d order on a first date, but then again, are any of these pizzas?

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Chocolate fudge, sardine, chili pepper, whipped cream

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A cheese and whipped cream pizza topped with shaved chocolate fudge and red chili flakes. Served with a fried sardine filet in chocolate fudge sauce. Any nutrients that piece of sardine contains is neutralized by that mountain of whipped cream. I guarantee it.

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Anchovies and hot fudge

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Hot chocolate fudge drizzled over anchovy filets on a sauceless white pizza. Until the day anchovies turn into giant mutated fish that eat people, they’ll forever be my favorite fish.

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Pepperoni and hot fudge

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A classic pepperoni and cheese pizza drizzled with a little chocolate fudge. Just a little. We’re not animals.

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Pepperoni and pickles

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Cheese and pepperoni pizza with sweet dill pickle chips. The pickles add a crunch that can be heard all through the New York sewer systems.

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Jelly bean and sausage

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A spicy pork chorizo and sour cream pizza topped with queso fresco and fresh cilantro and served with a jalapeño jellybean gastrique. The jelly beans had us stumped but luckily Reddit came to the rescue.

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Salami pizza with double yogurt

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Two servings of vanilla yogurt topped with fresh salami slices and drizzled with blackberry jelly. If you can get over the idea of salami and yogurt, it goes down pretty tastily.

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Shredded coconut and sweet pickles

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Pizza is topped with shredded coconut, drizzled with hot mustard and topped with sweet pickle chips. Shredder would be a crazy handy guy to have in this situation.

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Strawberry with anchovy sauce

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Caramelized strawberries served with an anchovy butter sauce and topped with whipped cream. This one was the most difficult to come up with. Thankfully, whipped cream saved the day.

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Hot oatmeal

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Hot, buttery oatmeal topped with brown sugar, honey and fresh strawberries. It’s another side to breakfast pizza.

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Popcorn

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Truffle oil popcorn with parsley flakes and parmesan cheese. There’s a pizza somewhere under that mountain of popcorn.

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Anchovies and banana

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Caramelized rum bananas and anchovy filets. The pizza that inspired this post. The bananas and anchovies were the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

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Goulash

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Hot goulash served with crumbles of queso fresco. After a quick Google search of what exactly goulash was, it was pretty easy to make.

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Granola and licorice 

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Vanilla yogurt topped with granola and shaved red licorice. It was a bitch to hand shred licorice, but doesn’t it look pretty?

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Hit-Or-Miss

These Backward Strawberries Have White Flesh and Red Seeds

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Fruits from other countries are weird, bro. Some smell like sweaty socks and road kill. Others resemble spiky sea urchins ready to prick you to death. To add to the eyebrow-raising cornucopia, we’d like to present these “backward”-colored strawberries that look as if they’ve had their life force sucked out and stored inside their seeds. But only in the prettiest way, of course.

They’re called pineberries and despite their uniquely pallid appearance, they’re actually supposed to look like that. Grown in Holland, they’re a crossbreed between the North American Fragaria virgiana strawberry (which are red) and the South American Fragaria chiloensis strawberry (which are . . . also red). We’re sure it makes sense somehow. (Update: apparently all South American strawberries were originally white — who knew?)

As their name would suggest, pineberries also taste and smell kind of like strawberries and pineapples, but are notoriously scarce due to their short shelf life of 8 – 10 days. So no, you probably won’t be trading your super-sized red and juicys for their quarter-sized albino cousins anytime soon, but hey, at least they’re cool to look at, right?

Pineberries are currently available in pints from Melissa’s Produce.

H/T + Picthx Melissa’s

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Hit-Or-Miss

JUST IN: Strawberries Are Not Berries, Yet Avocados and Watermelon Are

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Ready to have your mind blown, your childish innocence shattered, your ideas of everything right in the world torn asunder? Strawberries are not really berries, but watermelon, pumpkins, bananas, and avocados are. It’s okay. Take a few deep breaths. We’re right here with you.

While we’ve tended to define berries as any small edible fruit, the official definition of a berry is “a fleshy fruit produced from a single ovary.”  By this definition, oranges, kumquats, blueberries, and even tomatoes can be considered part of the berry family.

Strawberries, on the other hand, are known as “accessory fruits,” which makes it sound like they did something wrong.  They’re just trying to exist, man! In these fruits, the surrounding flesh around the seed isn’t derived from the fruit’s ovaries but from the receptacle in which the ovaries are found.  When fully developed, these aggregates have merged together into one single fruit.  Hows that for fruitception?

Mind blown. Drops mic.

H/T Reddit

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Humor

In Case You Missed It: Porn Sex vs Real Sex, As Told by Food

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WARNING: If you have just eaten, are eating now, or ever plan to eat again, you may want to put this reddit vid on hold. Particularly if your preferred food stuffs include, but are not limited to: guava, papaya, strawberries, apples, leafy greens, pancakes, Nutella, champagne, whipped cream, and, of course, bananas.

Also, gentlemen, you may want to skip seconds 0:08-0:12 altogether. You’ve been warned.

Anyway, now that all that unpleasantness is out of the way, onto the good stuff! Namely sex. But not porn sex. Because that is different from the real thing, as this short, uncomfortable (possible euphemism? Who knows?) video from KB Creative Lab tries to explain. Why they chose to use food, we’ll never know. All I know is that I’ll never again be able to enjoy a banana-Nutella sandwich ever again.

H/T Gawker

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Sweets

S’more Strawberries are Stuffed & Coated with Dark Chocolate Ganache

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In the grand American tradition of taking a natural food and cramming it full of sweet, heavenly deliciousness, I give you the s’more-stuffed strawberry.

This creation comes from evil recipe genius Jasmine Fine . . . because why waste your time on a pedestrian pie or trifle when you can literally have a strawberry s’more in your mouth? The majestic strawberry — over-sized and lusciously ripe — is stuffed, crammed, and coated with dark chocolate ganache, buttered graham cracker crumbs, and whipped marshmallow cream. Did we mention that all of the ingredients are homemade? There’s even a gluten-free option.

Fine admits that her sweet s’more-berry spectacle is “atrociously delicious” and kicks most other summer desserts’ asses. Survey says: yep, pretty much.

It’s official — the summer food gods love us and want us to be happy.

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