Originally Posted by sweetchef
So if I only leave them out for 1-2 days at room temp, should I tell the customers to refrigerate them after purchase? Should I tell them that they must be eaten same day (you know, for liability reasons)?
Valentine's Day is on a Wed this year! Yuck! Everyone's going to try to celebrate the weekend before..or not...since it's my first year with a store, I never know what to expect. I want to make a TON of strawberries but I'm just not sure what day will be best. Arrgh...I hate planning!
I know you've heard this over and over, but I wouldn't make them 2 days ahead. Maybe the night before, but not before then. Tell the client to not refrigerate the strawberries. Sure you can tell them to eat the strawberries the same day, but chances are, they won't eat them all, so there's nothing you can do about that. That doesn't mean that when they eat them in 2 days (when the strawberries are 5 days old) that they aren't going to come back to you, and tell you that you gave them bad strawberries.
Past experience with valentine's falling during the week, people celebrate that day. I think a small percentage will celebrate during the weekend.
Also, don't wash your strawberries. Take a damp paper towel or towel and clean your strawberries. This will remove the dirt and most seeds but not saturate the berry with water. This will allow the berry to keep a little longer. Hope that helps.