Strawberries are a favorite fruit of mine, but the problem is that strawberries go bad really fast. Nothing is more aggravating than bringing fresh strawberries home from the store, only to find them soggy and fuzzy the next day. It is disappointing because you were really looking forward to eating the strawberries, and also because they can be expensive too! Part of the reason berries go bad so quickly is because of the mold spores that live on them. If you act quickly enough, you can avoid the mold on your strawberries. Luckily I learned how to make strawberries last longer with a very simple method, which I will explain below.
A little hack for making strawberries last longer.
There are actually two parts to keeping strawberries and other berries fresh. The first part is how you wash them, and the second is how you store strawberries after they have been properly cleaned.
How to clean strawberries
To thoroughly clean strawberries, place them in a large bowl. Pour 1 1/2 cups – 2 cups of water PLUS 1/2 cup of white vinegar over the strawberries. Swish the strawberries around in the bowl for about a minute, then using a wooden spoon, gently stir the strawberries, making sure that they have all gone through the wash. Let the strawberries sit for about 3 minutes, then place them in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water. It’s important to not let them sit in the liquid too long, or they will become mushy.
After you have rinsed the strawberries, place them on a paper towel and gently pat them dry with another paper towel. Let them air dry for about 15 minutes before placing them in the refrigerator.
How do you store fresh strawberries?
After you have given your strawberries a bath, as described above, place them on a paper towel on the counter and pat dry. Then let the strawberries air dry for 15 minutes or so. Store them in the refrigerator, in a small colander or store them on a paper towel in the refrigerator.
What are the benefits of eating strawberries?
Strawberries are so good for you, so it is always disappointing when they go bad so quickly. Strawberry mold happens so fast! It’s a shame when you really want the health benefits of strawberries, only to learn that you waited too long to eat the tasty red berries. Strawberries are full of potassium, Vitamin C, manganese Vitamin B9/Folate. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants which may benefit a variety of health conditions.
A spritz of vinegar to clean fruit
You can clean raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, wild berries and other berries as well. It is a good practice to wash all fruits and vegetables. One quick way to clean fruit is to spritz them with a spray bottle filled with water and a couple of tablespoons of vinegar (depending on the size of your spray bottle). Spray your fruit, give it a quick rub, then rinse with cool water and pat dry. After they are all clean, you might want to cut them up and use the strawberries as a filling for your Dutch Baby – yum!
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