How to Keep Your Berries Fresher, Longer

strawberries sit in a water bath in a clear glass bowl.

Summer might be in its last days, but seasonal fruits, like berries, are still abundant. If you’ve struggled to keep them fresh this season, there’s a handy hack for this.

Like so many other things, vinegar is the secret for keeping your berries fresh, but don’t worry—you won’t end up with pickled fruit.

To use this hack, make a bath of one part white vinegar and three parts water. Let the berries sit, and then drain them. To dry them, place them in a salad spinner lined with paper towels so you can make sure they’re completely dry.

When they’re done, place the berries in a paper-towel-lined container and loosely place a lid over the top, but don’t seal it. You don’t want to trap any excess moisture inside. Place them in the fridge, and you’re good to go!

The vinegar bath helps remove any bacteria, mold, or dirt on the berries. The salad spinner eliminates any moisture that could seep in and make the fruit soggy, while leaving the lid off prevents any residual moisture from getting trapped.

So, next time you grab some berries at the grocery store you can prolong their shelf life long enough to try some new recipes.

[Via Cubby at Home]

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