As much as I love berries, they can also be a big pain. I find that unless they’re all eaten within a few days they go bad and I’m forced to throw them out. It’s particularly sad when I know I spent nearly $5 on a tiny carton of raspberries, and they’re all going to waste! In order to prevent that from happening again, I did a bit of research and have come up with 3 tips that can help make sure that you never have to toss out moldy berries again!
Buy when on sale: It’s rare to find a coupon for berries, but if you do, run to the store and use it! Also, check the weekly ads from your favorite grocery stores to see if anyone is offering up a sale. When the prices have been cut on the berries you like, stock up! Don’t worry, even if you grab 5 packages of blueberries, I promise none of them will go to waste if you follow the other 2 steps…
Vinegar wash: I’ll admit, when I first came across this “vinegar wash” tip for extending the life of berries, I was skeptical. But now that I’ve tried it and have seen raspberries last in my fridge without any mold for nearly two weeks… I’m sold.
Simply mix 1 cup white vinegar with 3 cups water in a large bowl. Place the berries inside the mixture and let soak for at least 2 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off the vinegar and pat dry. The pH of the vinegar is what kills off any mold spores and bacteria – greatly extending the life of your berries.
Freeze: Place the amount of berries you expect to be able to eat in the fridge and then store the rest in an airtight freezer-bag. Berries stay good in the freezer for around a year! I love to add a cup of frozen blueberries to my warm oatmeal for breakfast, or I use the frozen fruit to make smoothies or berry pie!
Alrighty, that’s it! Let me know if you like these tips, and what YOU do to get your money’s worth when it comes to produce.