Nothing better than the taste of fresh berries. However, one of the worst feelings is coming home with a bunch of fresh, gorgeous berries from the farmers market or local store and finding them in a moldy mush state within a few days of purchase.
Berries don’t come cheap so we don’t want to waste these beautiful and yummy treats, right? Though washing your berries prior to storing them usually accelerates the deterioration, but I’ll show you an easy and inexpensive washing method that actually keeps the berries fresh longer.
How to Keep Berries Fresh Longer Using A Vinegar Soak
Vinegar is an excellent bacteria and mold killer. Soaking your berries in a vinegar solution prior to storing them in the fridge will kill any bacteria and mold colonies on their surface before they have the chance to grow or turn your beautiful berries in a moldy mess.
Doing so will help you keep berries fresh for one or even two weeks longer than usual. Impressive news isn’t it? No more molding berries ‘cause I’m sure berries never last longer than 1 to 2 weeks in the fridge. At least not in my kitchen.
And what’s more, not only will this soaking method improve the shelf life of your berries it will make them healthier too. A vinegar soak is a great way to remove dirt, pesticides residues and other nasty chemicals or pollutants for your berries.
Simple Vinegar Soaking Process
Before soaking them, give your berries a quick rinse under cold running water. In a bowl or sink submerge your berries in a 1:3 vinegar/water mixture, meaning 1 cup of vinegar for 3 cups of water.
FYI: white vinegar or apple cider vinegar are both great as they have no sugar and strong antibacterial properties compared to other kinds of vinegar such as balsamic vinegar. Plus, both white and apple cider vinegar are cheap.
Let the berries sit for a few minutes in the vinegar mixture. Rinse them well to remove the vinegar and lay them on a clean towel until they’re completely dry. When they are dried, add them to a clean container lined with paper towel to absorb any excess moisture present in your fridge.
And that’s how easy and inexpensive it is to protect your precious berries against mold and improve their shelf life by a week or two.
ALSO READ: How to Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar
Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.