Give Strawberries a Hot Soak
Those tiny, round, tart strawberries you find at farmers' markets in June are a thing to behold and look nothing like the hard, trapezoid-shaped, white-in-the-middle varieties taking up space in supermarkets in January. The only problem with those fleeting summer fruits is their apparently short shelf life. Sometimes one day is all it takes for them to turn to a pile of moldy mush. You can avoid this, Smothers says, by following a technique she swears by: Simmer them in very hot water (as in, 125 degrees, which is way hotter than you'd like your bath water) for 30 seconds, then air dry on paper towels and refrigerate. The heat suppresses mold growth.