There are many pleasures that we have in the summer months but perhaps one of the greatest pleasures is the taste of a fresh strawberry. Of course, we can get them anytime of the year and the colorful produce is certain to be a treat on the table, especially when you serve it up with some shortcake. Going to the store to purchase strawberries is a treat as well, and it’s nice to see the color in the shopping cart.
The problem is, when we have strawberries, regardless of whether they are fresh or if they are out of season strawberries we get at the grocery store, we need to use them very quickly. There are so many options, from strawberry shortcake to strawberry pie and homemade jam, it sometimes is difficult to choose. We purchase the strawberries, put them in the refrigerator and then we lose track of time. Before you know it, the strawberries are ruined!
It doesn’t take long before mold gets a foothold on the strawberries and they are wasted. That is, of course, unless you understand the secret of how to keep strawberries fresh in the fridge for weeks at a time.
You will be happy to know that it doesn’t involve a lot of work so you don’t have to spend an hour trying to save strawberries. The other good news is that it works fantastically and it is the perfect choice for those who are busy and often forget about the fresh strawberries in the refrigerator.
The only thing you will need is some water and white vinegar and a bowl. Simply add the strawberries to the bowl and cover them in one part vinegar to five parts water. Keep them covered for a few minutes.
The bacteria and mold spores that tend to ruin the strawberries is removed by the vinegar. It is a much better option than simply rinsing them in tap water. You might even see some dirt that is removed from the strawberries, and you can be thankful for that.
After removing the strawberries, dry them as thoroughly as possible. The dampness that may be left behind could add to the possibility of the molding. Some people put them in a salad spinner or you can use a paper towel.
Be sure that you don’t put them back in the container after you dry them off. Put the dried strawberries on a paper towel and back into the fridge. You will be amazed with how long they last!
I know what you’re probably thinking at this point and you will be happy to know that the strawberries don’t taste like vinegar. You won’t even notice a hint of it!
This also works for other berries, including blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Enjoy the freshness!
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