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Old 03-03-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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The key to preventing moldy berries...




Berries are delicious, but they're also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like they can mold before you even get them home from the market. There's nothing more tragic than paying $4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides.

Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmers markets, we can tell you that how to keep them fresh! Here’s a tip I’m sharing on how to prevent them from getting there in the first place:


Wash them with vinegar.

When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.


You're so berry welcome!
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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Who'da thunk it! I usually eat them as soon as I get the home.
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:57 PM   #3
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That's good info, thank you!

I work outside and during the blazing heat of summer I keep a cooler filled with ice chilled fruit to snack on. Berries can get VERY expensive.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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The raspberries may go a week without getting mouldy, but as far as I'm concerned, by the time they got to the market they have lost too much of their flavour. When I buy raspberries, I always buy the frozen ones.

Raspberries are best within an hour of picking and degrade noticeably, very quickly. They still taste good, but they have lost that something special.
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Old 03-03-2012, 04:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for sharing the tip. Strawberries are still "in" down here and I have to persevere to get the whole container eaten before they begin to go south. (What a strange expression.)
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Thanks for the tip. I will be doing a lot of Berry delicious work soon & I'd like it to last.
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Old 03-19-2012, 02:39 PM   #7
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Rasberries, blackberries and strawberries have that little indentation at the top. Remember to put them upsdie down when you are drying them so the water drains off of them completly.
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