Science is so cool. When I bought half a flat of strawberries at the farmers' market
on Friday, in the back of my mind was the thought I do hope I manage to use all these before they go bad.
I made a small batch of jam Friday night, as well as eating a fair number out of hand, and figured making strawberry shortcake would take care of some more. But still, the clock was ticking rapidly.
And then I remembered an article by Harold McGee that I'd read earlier in the week, about reducing mold on berries via thermotherapy
and decided to try giving them a 30-second bath in 125°F water.
Wow. Seriously wow. Today is Monday and the berries look fine. They don't have that glossy, never-been-refrigerated look they did when I first brought them home, but they're just fine for shortcake or making more jam. And not covered with grey fuzz, which is how they'd be at this point normally.