I recently discovered a fantaastic discount grocery store in my neighborhood. One of the great bargains that I find nearly every time I visit the store is packages of fresh strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or blueberries for under a dollar (or sometimes even two for one!). That's an incredible price, especially since Haiden can eat blackberries and blueberries by the handful!
Unfortunately, the berries are usually at the discount store because they're close to expiration. I wasn't about to buy an expensive fruit and vegetable wash, so I just made sure to buy only what we could eat within the same day or the next day. Then, a friend told me about this fantastic homemade fruit wash to keep fresh berries from getting moldy.
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Trust me, I've been using this method to prevent mold on berries for about 4 weeks, and it hasn't failed me yet! Here's what to do:
- Mix 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 2.5 cups of water in a medium bowl. Increase this to 1/4 cup vinegar and 5 cups water if you have a lot of berries.
- Drop the berries into the solution and gently agitate the mixture. Make sure all surfaces of the berries touch the vinegar solution!
- Pour the berries and vinegar through a colander. (I like a colander with bigger holes so it doesn't take forever to drain all the water)
- Rinse with cold water.
- Gently shake berries dry. Store in a container in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat. I've always been a fan of Tupperware Fridgesmart containers, but this $8 adjustable Berry Keeper looks great and has fantastic reviews!
Since using this vinegar solution I've had berries that have lasted nearly two weeks after I bought them at the grocery store! I can also assure you that the vinegar smell and taste is rinsed away during step 4. If there's any residual vinegar, it evaporates within hours, and I promise you your berries will not smell or taste like vinegar 🙂
This homemade fruit and vegetable wash to keeping berries from getting moldy costs just pennies and has definitely saved me from wasting money on produce that spoiled before we ate it. I'm hoping it helps a few of you out, too!