- 0.1 What to use to decorate chocolate covered strawberries?
- 0.2 Do you refrigerate chocolate covered strawberries after you make them?
- 0.3 Do you put chocolate strawberries in the fridge to set?
- 0.4 How to wrap chocolate strawberries?
- 1 Why are my chocolate-covered strawberries melting?
What to use to decorate chocolate covered strawberries?
Styrofoam Board or Parchment Paper: to lay or place the strawberries to dry. Toothpicks: to place into the end of the strawberry to make it easier to dip in chocolate. Decorations: optional – such as sprinkles, edible glitter, luster dust, luster spray, crushed cookies, candy, etc. Pastry Bags: optional – to drizzle more melted chocolate over the chocolate covered berries,
Do you refrigerate chocolate covered strawberries after you make them?
How to Keep Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fresh Cavan Images/Getty Images By Heath Goldman for Food Network Kitchen Chances are, if you’re reading this article you’ve mastered, or you’ve received a chocolate covered strawberry delivery (lucky you).
Now that you’ve got the strawberries, you need to figure out how to keep those beauties fresh. The fact of the matter is: chocolate covered strawberries are best the first day you make or receive them. Many recipes will ask you to transfer them to the refrigerator to speed up the chocolate-setting process.
But if you plan on eating them the first day, you’ll want to then remove them from the refrigerator and store them on the counter at room temperature. This way, they won’t sweat or weep. Chocolate covered strawberries keep best stored on the counter with a loose draping of plastic wrap.
- Given that chocolate covered strawberries are the best stored at room temperature, you might be wondering how long they can be kept that way.
- You can leave them on the counter for about one day.
- If you’re planning on saving your chocolate covered strawberries for more than one day, yep, they’ll need to be refrigerated.
Unfortunately, this means that they will sweat a little bit. To minimize sweating, place a couple sheets of paper towels into the bottom of an airtight container. Store the strawberries on top of the paper towels. If you need to store multiple layers of strawberries, place pieces of wax paper or parchment paper between the layers.
They will typically last for up to two days in the refrigerator. They may last longer though. Simply inspect the strawberries: if the chocolate has fallen off or the tops of the strawberries appear mushy, you’ll probably want to toss them. We don’t recommend you freeze these strawberries because honestly? The strawberries will become mushy when they thaw.
And no one wants that. Related Links: : How to Keep Chocolate Covered Strawberries Fresh
Do you put chocolate strawberries in the fridge to set?
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are best served fresh, the same day they are made and stored in a cool place – not in the refrigerator. If stored longer than a day, the berries gradually release moisture so they will gradually get mushy. If weather conditions don’t allow strawberries to be stored outside the refrigerator then line a sealable container with paper towels (to wick away moisture), place strawberries in a single layer and cover. Be aware that condensation will occur and the chocolate can get white and chalky. You can serve the refrigerated chocolate strawberries chilled or let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Chilled strawberries will have a nice crunch to the chocolate, whereas room temperature strawberries will have slightly softer chocolate.
This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Use ripe strawberries that are bright red (with minimal whiteness on the tips) so they are not only beautiful but flavorful as well. Take care your strawberries aren’t too ripe or they will be mushy. Your strawberries must be very, very dry otherwise moisture will cause the the chocolate to seize and loose its smooth texture. Have everything ready to go before you melt your chocolate – your dried strawberries, your parchment paper, your chopped toppings in easily dippable bowls. Use high quality chocolate for best results. I used semi-sweet chocolate but you can use milk, white, bittersweet, etc. or a combination. White chocolate coated in red sprinkles or stripes or crushed candy canes is fabulous for the holidays. Don’t skip the vegetable oil! This helps keep the chocolate smooth. Stop microwaving the chocolate when almost all of the chocolate is melted but not completely then vigorously stir to melt the remaining chocolate until smooth. This keeps you from overcooking your chocolate. ***Follow same instructions for melting white chocolate as for semi-sweet chocolate. Transfer white chocolate to a sandwich size plastic bag, snip a very small tip off the corner of the bag and drizzle or create patterns. Do not touch or move your strawberries until they are completely set. For best results, don’t refrigerator your strawberries unless necessary. Set chocolate at room temperature and store at room temperature. If you are in a warm climate and need to refrigerate your strawberries to set, then allow 15-30 minutes to harden in the refrigerator, then remove. Chocolate does not like being cold. You can make beautiful gifts by lining a box with tissue paper then adding your strawberries.
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How to wrap chocolate strawberries?
Photo by Carolina Gelen Somewhere along the way, Edible Arrangements got a bad rap. Is it impersonal? I suppose. But is an arrangement spiked with melon wedges, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and fresh pineapple formed in the shape of flowers delicious and succulent? Absolutely. Homemade chocolate-covered strawberries are, however, both personal and delicious. Give me a dozen for Valentine’s Day, along with a diamond ring from Tiffany for each of my fingers like I’ve won the last 10 Super Bowls and I’ll be a happy camper. From Our Shop Food52’s Recipes Resident Caroline Gelen already won Valentine’s Day with her technique for making Marbled Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, If you decide to make these marble masterpieces too, a good technique is nothing without proper storage. So what’s the best way to store chocolate-covered strawberries? Before you do anything (snacking on chocolate wafers included), stick a baking sheet in the freezer.
- The metal tray will get ice cold, which will allow the warm chocolate to quickly firm up as soon as you lay the dipped berries on top of it.
- But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
- Once the tray is in the freezer, you can begin washing and prepping the strawberries and melting the dark and white chocolates.
And with the magic of televisionthe prep work is done! Time to pull the tray from the freezer (wear an oven mitt, so your fingers don’t stick to the metal). Next, line the baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper (wax paper has more of a nonstick surface, which is preferred, but parchment will do in a pinch).
Lay the dipped chocolate strawberries on top of the lined tray, leaving a little bit of room between each berry. Once the tray is filled, pop it in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow the chocolate to completely harden. As soon as the berries are set, wrap them with plastic wrap and leave the strawberries at room temperature for up to 24 hours, at which point you can arrange them in a bouquet for your sweetheart.
(Or just eat them yourself, I don’t judge.) How long do chocolate-covered strawberries last, anyway? If you plan to keep them around for at least 48 hours, put them in the fridge, but do so with caution. The fridge will create extra moisture, causing the berries to appear as if they are “sweating.” Not cute.
Once again, I will turn to the dependable Edible Arrangements for guidance as to how to navigate this new challenge: “You don’t want to store the berries in an airtight container, because this will cause decomposition and mold at a much quicker rate than if the strawberries are lightly covered.” Instead, E.A.
(I have to give my crush a nickname, right?) recommends keeping the berries on the sheet tray but wrapping them with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, which will increase the airflow and prevent said condensation. Better yet, place a sheet or two of paper towels dusted with baking soda at the bottom of the container, which will absorb even more excess moisture.
- Lay the wax or parchment paper on top, followed by berries, and then wrap the whole tray with plastic wrap.
- When you refrigerate your chocolate-covered strawberries, they won’t taste as fresh or flavorful as keeping them at room temperature.
- But, of course, you’ll get more longevity out of them,” says Edible Arrangements on their website.
A simple edible bouquet filled with chocolate-covered strawberries always has been, and always will be, there for me and that’s the greatest Valentine’s Day gift of all. But I will take ten little blue boxes, too. Ingredients
|1||pound large ripe strawberries, at room temperature|
|6||ounces (170 grams) dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup)|
|1||teaspoon refined coconut oil (optional)|
|2||ounces (56 grams) white chocolate, chopped (⅓ cup)|
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Why are my chocolate-covered strawberries melting?
Why Do Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Sweat? – Before we get to know how to prevent them from sweating, you first need to know why chocolate-covered strawberries sweat. The “sweat” is just condensation. Sweating can appear on the surface of the chocolate and also in between the chocolate and the berry.
How long will chocolate dipped strawberries last?
How to Store Chocolate Dipped Strawberries in the Refrigerator – If you want to keep your chocolate covered strawberries for up to 48 hours, you can refrigerate them. You might even be able to get several days out of your berries, but they’re usually best within two days. When you refrigerate your chocolate covered strawberries, they won’t taste as fresh or flavorful as keeping them at room temperature.
But, of course, you’ll get more longevity out of them. Condensation is a major concern that you’ll need to take into account when refrigerating. To cut down on the sweating and avoid the growth of mold that could spoil your fruit, first lay down a few paper towels in the bottom of a container. Place your strawberries in a single layer in the container and cover loosely with foil or plastic wrap.
An airtight container can trap in excess condensation, which can lead to rapid spoiling, so it’s important to cover the berries loosely. Likewise, you don’t want to crowd the strawberries in the container, so keep them to a single layer and use more containers if necessary.