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Chef Bill McCabe
Personal Chef


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The Berry Best

March 9th, 2012 by Chef Bill

Strawberries are a true favorite of my clients, but they are also extremely delicate and must be handled with tender loving care prior to serving. I follow these handling guidelines to assure great tasting berries.

1) Don’t wash strawberries until just before they are served. Wash with a gently spray of cool water. Do not soak.

2) Remove the green caps only after the berries are washed. Otherwise, water gets inside the berries and breaks down the flavor and texture.

3) Remove caps with a light twist or with the point of a paring knife or tomato shark. Try not to remove any of the berries itself.

Bills Great Meals Tip
Strawberries do not ripen after being picked. Look for plump, firm berries with good, even color and glossy skins. Green caps should all be in place.
Do not store for more than a few days in your refrigerator, or the strawberries will lose flavor and color.
Enjoy Chef Bill

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