Extend the life of your strawberries with this simple berry wash. No one likes discovering a box of strawberries has already gotten soft and moldy. Mold is an easy problem to prevent by rinsing berries with just a few simple ingredients that help keep them fresh longer. This also works on raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries!
We first prepared our berries by cutting off the tops and stems of each one. This makes the strawberries ready to use for smoothies and desserts. For the wash, mix 1 cup of white vinegar and 3 cups of water.
Submerge the berries in the wash, stir them around, and rinse them off. The sooner you do this after buying your berries the better to extend their freshness and prevent mold spores from growing.
Fully dry the berries on a paper towel or dishcloth. Refrigerating wet berries will cause them to soften faster, and freezing wet berries will cause them to stick together in a clump.
Once fully dried, store the berries in a food storage container in the refrigerator or freezer. You can also line the container with a paper towel to absorb any extra moisture.
Using this anti-mold berry wash will prevent your berries from becoming moldy. Over time, the berries will slowly soften and break down just like they normally would, but they won't grow mold spores. This technique is especially helpful in the winter to maximize the use of your berries, when berries aren't as prevalent and more expensive. Keep your berries fresh to put in healthy smoothies, yummy desserts, and fruit salads!