There’s nothing quite like the delicious flavor of fresh berries, and keeping them tasting as if they were just picked from the vine is ideal; however, we all want them to last as long as possible and the number one freshness killer for berries is mold.
All fresh berries are delicate in nature and tend to spoil rather quickly, especially certain types of raspberries. In fact, it often seems as if the start growing mold the minute you leave the farmer’s market and before you can get them into the cool fridge!
With berries reaching four dollars and more just for a pint of locally grown berries, it’s difficult to open the fridge in the morning only to see a fuzzy mold covering your berries. Following is one of the biggest and most well-kept secrets for keeping your berries fresh for a much longer period of time you can find.
Preserve The Flavor of Fresh Berries & Prevent The Growth of Mold:
The key to preserving that wonderful fresh flavor of berries can be summed up in one word: Vinegar. Although most individuals are unaware of this helpful tip, it really does work.
How it Works:
1. As soon as you get the berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar to ten parts filtered water into a bowl; apple or white cider vinegar works best.
2. Dump the fresh berries you recently purchased into and give them a good swirl and rinse.
3. Rinse the berries a final time .
4. Lightly pat the berries with a paper towel, and place the bowl into the refrigerator.
You will find that you can’t even detect the taste of vinegar because the mixture is so diluted. The vinegar kills mold spores that surface bacteria that cause berries to spoil quickly. After you complete this simple process, your berries will taste and look fresh for a week or more.
So go out and purchase all the fresh berries you want – because now your berries will last until you’re ready to eat them.