Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tip: Washing and Keeping Berries

Have you ever found a really great sale on berries and bought a bunch only to find that you had to toss half of them because they spoiled before you could eat them?

Try this tip!

Clean out your sink REALLY well (because the thought of not kind of grosses me out). 

Plug up your sink and put in about three inches of lukewarm water.  Add 1 cup of white vinegar.

Add your berries.

Let them soak for a few minutes.  Move to a clean towel.  Let them dry.

When they are dry you can move them to a zip lock bag or container.

The vinegar cleans the berries and kills any sort of bacteria that's on them.  It also acts as a natural preserver so your berries will last longer.


  1. TOO COOL!
    You show strawberries; that other berries can be preserved/frozen this way? All of them?

    1. I wash all the fruit we eat the skins of like this, including apples and grapes. It seems to work very well! The only thing I'd warn you on is to let them completely dry before putting them into a bag or container. I have a freezer full of cherries, blueberries and raspberries that I've cleaned this way. Again, let them dry before freezing them.