A Berry Good Idea
The information below was sent to me from Sandy a cooking student of mine. She got it from Annette Bergman and found it too good not to share.
The key to preventing moldy berries…
Berries are delicious, but they’re also 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.
With fresh berries at the farmers markets, Annette Bergman can tell you how to keep them fresh! Here’s her tip; wash them with vinegar. When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably works best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar), and refrigerate. 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 stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they’ll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.
You’re so berry welcome!
Author of: Things That Make Me Nuts
I can’t wait to try this myself this weekend, but I eat berries so fast it usually doesn’t matter!!