How To Prevent Fresh Berries From Molding

It’s getting to be berry season again.  Fresh local berries are generally picked when they are ripe.  Usually local varieties are not ones that can with stand thousands of miles of transport over several days and so are more delicate.  And so, these sweet gems of the season need to be eaten up quick or they often will get a little mold growing (especially raspberries).

But what if you want to save some to eat over the course of a week? Wash them with vinegar! Yup, it’s that simple:

Mix one part white or apple cider vinegar and ten parts water.

Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl them around.

Drain and rinse again if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar).

Pat dry.

Keep refridgerated.

The vinegar will kill any mold spores or other bacteria that might be on the surface of
the berries.


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