Keeping Fresh Berries Fresh

There is nothing tastier than fresh berries from the farmers market. All those lovely strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.  But, there’s also nothing worse than going to the fridge and finding them becoming fuzzy only a day or 2 later.  I tried different ways to try to prolong their freshness, and finally found something that worked–Vinegar.  Simple white vinegar.  Using a dilute vinegar rinse, I’ve had blueberries last up to 2 weeks and raspberries a week in the refrigerator!  (And with no vinegar taste, either)

berry vinegar wash

Place the berries in a colander and put into a bowl containing 3  parts cool water and 1 part white vinegar.

berry vinegar wash

berry vinegar wash

Soak for a few minutes, drain, and rinse under running water.

berry vinegar wash

Place berries onto a towel to dry completely.  Some people suggest placing berries into a salad spinner for 15-30 seconds to dry, but I would only suggest that for firm berries, never for raspberries.

berry vinegar wash

berry vinegar wash

Store the dry berries uncovered (or loosely covered) in the fruit drawer of the fridge.  Enjoy!

 

 

4 responses to “Keeping Fresh Berries Fresh

  1. Nice to know. Haven’t the blueberries been marvelous this year?

  2. This is great, I’ll try it! I always eat the blueberries before they lose freshness, but ripe raspberries can grow bad in a day, always a very sad thing.

    • I know, raspberries are tough. Just be sure to let them dry before putting them back in the fridge. Water is an enemy of freshness!

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