Chocolate covered strawberries are amazing treats, but they don’t keep well. They need to be stored in a sealed container in a cool, preferably dry place and used up within about twenty-four hours. You can also store chocolate covered strawberries in the freezer if you need to keep them for longer.
If you have chocolate covered strawberries and you need to store them – either in preparation for a party or in the aftermath of one – we’ve got plenty of suggestions for both short and long-term storage, and we will also cover how long they should last and how to know when they are no longer edible.
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How To Store Chocolate Covered Strawberries Properly
There are a few methods for storing chocolate covered strawberries, and which you choose will depend a bit on how long you need to keep them for. These delectable treats do not last very well, so you need to do everything you can to preserve them.
For the best possible flavor preservation, chocolate covered strawberries should not be kept in the fridge. Putting them in the fridge will lead to a noticeable loss in flavor. Strawberries that are kept in the fridge tend to taste a little watery and often end up covered in condensation. They certainly don’t taste as good as fresh strawberries.
You will also have issues with the strawberries appearing to “sweat” when served if they have been kept in the fridge. Moisture that has been absorbed by the strawberries will slowly be expelled, and this can end up on the chocolate (as well as the fruit) and make it look unappetizing. That might not bother you, but it may put your guests off eating them.
If you can avoid putting your strawberries in the fridge, it is better to do so, but they do still need to be stored somewhere cold. If you have a pantry or a cool cupboard, this is the best option. You can chill a cupboard by placing cold packs in there if you really need to, although this will obviously only last for a relatively short space of time.
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Place a single layer of the strawberries on the paper, and then add another layer of paper, and another layer of strawberries. Keep layering until the tub is full. You may need several containers, depending on how many strawberries you have made. Clip the lids on, and put them in either the fridge or the cupboard.
If you want to keep chocolate covered strawberries for a long time, consider putting them in the freezer. To do this, spread them in single layers on waxed paper on a baking tray and allow them to completely freeze. Once they have frozen, they can be transferred to an airtight container.
How Long Can Chocolate Covered Strawberries Be Stored For?
Chocolate covered strawberries do not keep well. Ideally, you should be making them on the day that you want to use them. However, if you can’t do that, you can keep chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge for a couple of days, as long as you are prepared to deal with the condensation and loss in flavor.
In a cool cupboard, they will probably only last for about twenty-four hours or so. You might manage to get a day and a half out of them, but longer than that and they will probably not be very nice.
Note that if you want hard chocolate on the strawberries, you will need to chill them in the fridge briefly unless you live in a cold environment. Chocolate covered strawberries served at room temperature will usually have quite soft chocolate.
Frozen chocolate covered strawberries can keep for up to three months, so this is a good alternative if you need to make the strawberries in advance. You may find that their texture is not quite as good as if you use fresh ones, but it should still be okay.
How To Tell If Chocolate Covered Strawberries Are No Longer Edible
You might be wondering what happens to chocolate covered strawberries when they go bad. Like fresh strawberries, they tend to turn mushy. They will be visibly unappealing, with darker bits, squashy flesh, and possibly even flecks of mold, especially if the skin has been broken.
They may also taste funny, possibly slightly alcoholic, once they have gone past their best. You will probably notice the visual clues before they start to smell bad, but you should also sniff strawberries you are unsure about, and discard them if they smell funny.
The chocolate will probably be fine, but as chocolate covered strawberries are made with very ripe berries, they won’t last well.
Things To Avoid Doing
- Don’t use overripe strawberries, or you will shorten the lifespan of the dessert and it won’t taste as nice.
- Don’t use unripe strawberries, as these will taste very sour in combination with the sweet chocolate.
- Don’t store the strawberries in wet conditions, or they will lose flavor and possibly texture too.
- Don’t store the strawberries in a warm place, even before you dip them in chocolate. They will not last well in the sun or in hot conditions.
Keep Your Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fresh
Chocolate covered strawberries are tricky to store well unless you are prepared to freeze them. If you can’t keep them in the freezer, make sure you have a cool, dry space to put them in, preferably not the fridge. Don’t try to make them more than a day ahead of when you want them.