The video was made by the Michigan Agritourism Association. However, it gives fantastic tips for picking strawberries.
In mid-June our berry harvest begins. The season usually lasts three to four weeks, dependent on the weather. All of our strawberries are sold on a Pick Your Own basis. Hours during strawberry season can change daily. This is due to the weather and how quickly the strawberries ripen. Please call us before driving out to confirm our hours for that day.
Pick by pinching the stem of the berry between your thumb and forefinger. This will prevent damage to both the fruit and the strawberry plant. Leaving the caps on helps your strawberries last longer. When selecting berries look for the ones that are as red and fully ripe as possible. Green or white tipped ones will have little flavor. Strawberries become dull and dark when they are overripe
Strawberries must be kept in your refrigerator. They will store longer if you do not remove the caps or wash the berries until you are ready to use them. When caps are removed before use, the berries lose some of their moisture. Washing early tends to bruise them and the berries lose their freshness.
When you are ready to eat or bake with them place the berries in a strainer with the caps still on and rinse with cool water. To remove the caps, give the caps a gentle twist or use the point of a sharp knife, trying not to remove any of the berry. The tip of an ordinary vegetable peeler makes a good tool for capping berries.
Whole berries: Place one layer of cleaned berries on a cookie sheet and freeze until firm. Remove from cookie sheet, package in freezer bags, and seal.
Packing with sugar: Slice berries in halves or thirds. Mix with sugar (six cups sliced fruit to one cup sugar). Allow to stand until sugar dissolves (about 10-15 minutes). Pack the fruit and juice into freezer bags or containers.
Packing without sugar: Strawberries may also be packed sliced without sugar or with minimal sugar, but the color and texture of the thawed fruit won’t be as good.