Strawberries are coming into their peak flavor at this time of year.

The best way to clean strawberries — or any berries — is to fill a large bowl with cool water, place the berries in a colander and dip them in the water bath. This helps to prevent bruising on the delicate berries. 

Then place them in a paper towel-lined airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. Refrigeration helps them last longer.

When you are ready to serve them, take them out of the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to bring them back to room temperature for better flavor.