Buying berries at the grocery store only to have them go bad by the time you want to use them is the worst. Today, we are going to put an end to wasting berries, and I'm going to show you how to clean and keep berries fresh longer with two simple ingredients!
Like I mentioned before, we love berries...all of them...strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Our family will knock down a bowl of berries in two seconds flat, plus we love them on cereal, salads and in smoothies. The problem for me has always been that I buy too many and most of them get moldy after a few days in the refrigerator or I buy a little bit and they are gone 20 minutes after I get home from the store. Recently I read about a trick to get them to stay fresh longer, and I thought I would try it out a few times before sharing. I definitely wanted to make sure it worked before spreading the good news...and good news it is!
All you need to do is make a rinse for your berries. The first thing that I do when I get home from the grocery (after putting all of the groceries away of course), is put all my berries in one spot near my sink. I open them all up and remove any papers that may be under them in their containers. Next, I make a batch of berry wash. It's simply 4 cups of water and ½ cup of white vinegar. I put all of the berries in their containers in my sink with the drain open, open the tops of their containers, and pour the berry washing mixture over top of them, making sure to move the berries around so they all get clean. Once I have covered all of the berries, I let them drain for a bit. Once they are drained, close their lids and give them an extra little shake so any excess water gets out of them. The pH in the vinegar kills any spores that are on your berries so they won't mold so quickly. And...if you are worried that your berries will taste and smell like vinegars, have no fear! The vinegar is so diluted in the water that you won't be able to tell you used vinegar at all...except that your berries will actually last longer...winks!
Now you can enjoy berries for more than just two days after you bring them home from the store! Whoop!