How to Make Your Berries Last Longer
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There is nothing more delicious, juicy and sweet than a wonderful, fresh berry. They are wonderful alone, in smoothies, in salads or topping yogurt. Berries are also highly nutritious and packed with antioxidants. Every home should have berries in stock.
With that said, however, every Mom knows the pain of opening your refrigerator to find that all of your berries have grown mold, started to ferment or are turning to mush.
What to do? What to do?
The first thing you need to do is check your berries thoroughly at the store. Make sure there is no mold, no signs of decay and that they are not very ripe. As a matter of fact, if you buy berries that seem a little under ripe. They will last longer.
Berries are not going to keep in the refrigerator for longer than a week or so. However, they can be frozen and will keep much longer. If you know you won’t eat them quickly, save them in the freezer to be thawed at a later date.
If you want them to keep in the refrigerator for as long as possible there is a secret:
Just as every cook knows the plight of rotten berries, every cook also knows the magic of vinegar. Vinegar, it seems, can do anything. Well, keeping berries fresh is no exception.
Generally, washing berries will make them deteriorate quicker however, there is an exception to this rule! As soon as you get your berries home, wash them in a bath of 1 cup white vinegar and 3 cups water. Then, of course, RINSE them so they won’t taste like Easter eggs and drain them in a colander. Finally, dry them very well. Wet berries will be bad in no time. Line the container (the one you bought them in is fine) with paper towels and store them in the refrigerator.