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Size doesn’t matter with strawberries; growing conditions and stage of ripeness determine flavor. So, pick berries that are deep red and fairly firm with a smooth sheen. Stay away from “bleeding” baskets or dull & shriveled berries with darkened or loosened caps. This is a sign of their age and all the nutrients and flavor are fading. At home, keep strawberries refrigerated until you are ready to use them, but keep in mind that the plastic bag from the store will cause condensation and the berries will break down. So, place them in a paper bag or airtight plastic container with a paper towel in it to absorb moisture. Do not wash strawberries until just before you use them otherwise, they will break down and become slippery.