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Moldy Berries?

11. July 2012

For me, summer means the beach, a best selling book and big bowls brimming with fresh, sweet and juicy berries!  

Berries are delicious…and nutritious.  But they’re also kind of delicate.  Whether you buy them at your local farmer’s market or in bulk, like me, at Costco – berries can go bad in a hurry! Raspberries, in particular, seem to grow mold before you even get them home from the market! 

Well, here’s a helpful hint that not only keeps berries fresh longer – it keeps them from getting moldy in the first place! This timely tip for berry preservation comes from my friend, Connie.  Are you ready?

WASH THEM WITH VINEGAR!!   (It works!)

Seriously, when you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider work best) and 10 parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl it around. Drain. Rinse if you’d like (although the mixture is so diluted, you can’t taste the vinegar) and pop the little buggers in the fridge!

The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit. Amazingly, raspberries last a week or more and strawberries can go nearly two weeks without getting moldy and soft.

So, don’t be afraid to take advantage of the barrage of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and more this summer.  With the help of a little vinegar, you can keep your favorite berries fresh as long as it takes you to eat them!

Thanks Connie!

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