I love buying fresh berries from my local farmer’s market, but oftentimes my berries go bad before I even get the chance to eat them! Raspberries in particular seem to mold the moment I get them home from the market… and there’s nothing more frustrating then paying upwards of $4 a pint for berries, only to find them deflated and covered in fuzzy mold the next day.
So what’s a berry-lover to do? Wash your berries with vinegar to keep them fresh longer!
When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture in a large bowl of one part vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar work best) and three parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse with water, and then pat your berries dry and store them in your fridge in an air-tight container.
I know, you’re probably thinking, “Gross! I don’t want my berries to taste like vinegar!” But I assure you, the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar. What the vinegar will do is kill any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, which will make them last a lot longer.
Using this tip, your raspberries will last a week or more, and fresh strawberries will stay yummy for almost two weeks before getting moldy and soft. You’re berry welcome!