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.