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Know When to Warm Up Your Strawberries
You may have heard that quickly simmering fresh strawberries in very hot water, then air-drying them on towels and refrigerating them suppresses mold growth (science backs this up). But Stone says even if you take painstaking steps to prolong the shelf life of berries, there's one way to undo all that work: Eating them cold. Berries taste infinitely better at room temperature or even slightly warmer, as anyone who's ever picked a strawberry in a sunny field and popped it directly into their mouth knows. Fridge temperatures dull their flavor significantly. Leave the fruit out for an hour, or so, before eating it and you'll be rewarded with sweet, tart-tasting berries.