Cooktop Cove: Keep your strawberries fresh. Farmer reveals expert tips to avoid spoilage
I love strawberries! They are easily my most favorite fruit. You can put them in pies and cakes or eat them with a little sugar or some whipped cream. Unfortunately, this tasty fruit is a bit on the pricey side, so when I go to grab a berry and it's already moldy, it's frustrating!
When you purchase strawberries from the story, they normally last just 3 to 5 days before mold begins to develop. What if you could slow down this process and have your strawberries stay fresh for longer? Plus, you can really save some money in the process.
One expert shares a series of tips for keeping strawberries fresh:
1. Pour 2 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup vinegar into a bowl.
2. Soak your strawberries in this mixture. Do this for only 5 to 10 minutes. This helps all the grime and bacteria come off the fruit.
3. After a quick bath, drain the vinegar out. Make sure not to rinse the strawberries. Yes, the vinegar smell will be strong, but this is what prevents mold.
4. Dry the strawberries thoroughly. It's best to spread our your strawberries, so there are no clumps. This helps the strawberries dry faster.
You can use paper towels for drying but a salad spinner can be even better.
Pro Tip: Bacteria loves moisture, so you'll want to make sure your berries are completely dry.
5. Place your berries back in the fridge.
Ideally, re-use the container the strawberries came in. They are designed to be super breathable.
Using this vinegar bath hack can make your strawberries last 2-3 days longer than normal.
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