Look for brightly colored, plump berries with a strong scent.  Small berries are the tastiest.  Strawberries fo not ripen after they ahve been picked.  Do not wash berries before storing.  Place in a single layer on a paper twoel in a moisture-proof container.  In the refrigerator, they will last 2 to 3 days. 

Rinse berries thoroughly.  With a small, sharp knife, remove the hull.  To get maximum juice, slice strawberries, sprinkle with sugar and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours.  Use strawberries in salads, souffles, breads, preserves, tarts and frozen confections.