Prevent Moldy Berries with a little vinegar rinse.
Prevent Moldy Berries
Hi. It’s Lois in the kitchen with a tip. Berries are delicious, but they’re also kind of delicate. Raspberries in particular can mold before you even get them home from the market. There’s nothing more tragic than paying $4—$6 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mold growing on their insides. Right?
Well, with fresh berries just starting to hit farmer’s markets, let me tell you how to keep them fresh. Here’s a tip I’m sharing on how to prevent them from getting moldy quickly:
Wash them with diluted vinegar to prevent moldy berries.
Here’s What You Do
When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and gently 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 voilà! It’s a miracle.
Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. (This also works to remove the wax from apples.)
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 now that you know how to prevent moldy berries.
You’re so berry velcome!
What You Need
You need a measuring cup and measuring spoons, a bowl and a colander. And vinegar, of course.
Prevent Moldy Berries RecipePrint
Prevent Moldy Berries Recipe
A simple mixture of vinegar and water will help your berries last longer.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Fruit
- Cuisine: American
- 2 1/4 teaspoons vinegar (white distilled or apple cider vinegar work fine)
- 1/2 cup water
- Blend the vinegar and water.
- Dump the berries into the vinegar/water 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.
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This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop August 27, 2012 and updated June 24, 2021.