For every 10 fresh berries you manage to pop into your mouth and enjoy, there are approximately two* that end up covered in fuzzy mold in the blink of an eye. Because as juicy and delectable as fresh berries are, they’re also impossibly delicate. Perhaps that’s what we love about them.
(*This is an approximation based on years of berry eating, not a real statistic.)
Luckily Lifehacker has a simple trick keeping your precious berries fresh and mold-free for as long as possible this summer. And, the key is already in your kitchen cabinet.
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A simple solution of white vinegar and water reportedly destroys bacteria and mold spores, which in turn, help the berries to last longer. Below are the instructions for the best way to wash, dry, and store your berries, courtesy of Lifehacker:
- Wash berries in bowl with 3 cups water mixed with 1 cup white vinegar. Drain in colander and rinse under running water.
- Place berries in salad spinner lined with paper towels. Spin until berries are completely dry.
- Store berries in paper towel-lined sealable container, keeping lid slightly open to allow release of excess moisture.
And most importantly, enjoy.