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How to Keep Berries Fresher for Longer

Here's a simple trick for keeping those blueberries, strawberries and raspberries fresh
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There’s nothing worse than opening your fridge to mushy blueberries and moldy raspberries. If you want to prevent this scene from unfolding ever again, here’s a trick for keeping your berries fresh.

Wash berries in vinegar before storing them.

Calm down: Your berries won’t taste like vinegar. That’s because you wash them in a diluted vinegar solution, and then rinse them. Here’s what to do:

① Dilute 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water in a large bowl.

② Wash your berries in the solution.

③ Drain the berries in a colander and run them under cold water.

④ Lay them out on paper towels to dry thoroughly. When you put the berries in the fridge, don’t crowd them back in their original container. Find a larger container in which they can spread out and leave the container partially open, so that moisture can escape.

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Vinegar helps prevent berries from growing bacteria, which in turn allows them to live longer. If any berries are moldy to begin with, it’s important to discard those, as the vinegar won’t rid them of preexisting mold.

Using this trick, your berries should last up to a week. And if you aren’t going through them in that length of time, well, maybe you should check out a few ways to have your fruit and drink it, too.

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