There's nothing in the entire world like fresh strawberries from the farmer's market or grocery store. I am a complete sucker for fresh strawberries, so whenever I see them on sale I always grab a carton or two, however, sometimes my eyes seem to be bigger than my stomach. More times than not I've come back to my berries in the fridge a day or two later to discover my fresh strawberries are starting to grow mold spores. And not just strawberries, more often than not my blueberries and blackberries would be moldy before I got the chance to eat them all.
It turns out I had been storing my berries all wrong. So to keep your strawberries fresh and extend the shelf life of your berries (and veggies) follow these helpful tips.
How To Keep Strawberries Fresh With White Vinegar
The best way to keep moldy berries at bay is to mix up a vinegar wash and give your berries a little soak. According to Food52, this trick has the ability to add days (or even weeks) to your fresh berries. The vinegar bath, which is 1 part vinegar, to 8 parts water, helps eliminate any mold or bacteria that is on the berries, lengthening their shelf life.
Dunk your berries in the vinegar bath and give them a little swirl to dislodge any dirt. Remove the berries and transfer to a colander and rinse with cool water to make sure all traces of vinegar are rinsed off. Nobody likes vinegar berries!
The next step is to remove all the exterior moisture from the berries and this can be done best with a handy salad spinner. Line the spinner with about three layers of paper towels and spin as you would lettuce. The paper towel acts as a blanket for your berries, ensuring none get bruised in the drying process.
Before you go any further, recycle that clamshell packaging and find a large airtight container. Place paper towels at the bottom of the container to capture excess liquid and add the berries in a single layer. Place the top on an angle, letting the berries breath and to avoid trapping moisture.
How To Keep Strawberries Fresh With Hot Water
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No vinegar in the pantry? Heat up some water to a temperature between 120 and 140°F and dip your berries in for 30 seconds, following the same drying process as above. The warm water will kill any lingering bacteria and keep your berries feeling super fresh.
How To Keep Strawberries Fresh Longer After Cutting
Already cut up your berries? The best way to keep them fresh is sugar! Add 1/4 cup of sugar for every 10 ounces of berries into a bowl and mix together the berries and sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes and drain the excess liquid and transfer the sugared berries into a freezer-safe container. Store in the freezer for up to a year.
Whether it is for a smoothie or a dessert, make sure to follow these tips to keep your strawberries as fresh as can be.