Do you want to know the secret to making your berries last longer? In the past, you may have experienced that the refrigerator shelf life for berries were pretty short, most especially for strawberries or raspberries.
This easy kitchen trick, can keep berries fresh, giving you more time to use them as needed. So what is the secret to extending the life of fresh berries?
The secret lies in using White Vinegar.
How To Keep Berries Fresh for Weeks:
Method 1: Water and Vinegar Method
1. Put the berries in a large bowl.
2. Wash the berries in a vinegar-water bath. Put 1 cup of white vinegar and 8 cups of water.
3. Soak the berries in the vinegar-water bath, and gently move them to help remove any dirt. Soaked them for 30 seconds.
4. Drain the berries and thoroughly rinse the fruit, to remove any vinegar flavor.
5. Thicker skinned fruit, such as blueberries and strawberries can be dried in a salad spinner. Delicate berries like blackberries and raspberries should be dried on a towel. You can use paper or cloth towels.
6. Store the fruit in a sealed container that has been lined with paper towels. If you areusing an air-tight container, leave the lid slightly open to avoid natural moisture build-up.
Method 2: Hot Water Method
1. A quick hot-water bath for 30 seconds using 125 degree water for raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. For bluberries, 30 seconds in 140 degree water.
Methid 3: Washing Using Cold Water Methid
The easiest and traditional method is rinsing using cold water.
After a week, your berries will be surprisingly mold-free. And the verdict is:
The berries that were rinsed using hot water and vinegar water were fresher due to the higher bacteria-killing properties of these methods.
The berries that were soaked in the vinegar-cold water bath came out on top. This makes sense because this method used the highest acidic level in comparison to hot and cold water.