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tagwex
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:24 am    Post subject: Preserving berries Reply with quote

This is an awesome piece of info! We buy fresh fruit but because we eat a little of each (Banana, Strawberries, Rasberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Cantaloupe, Pineapple & Watermelon) every day, allegedly. The berries start to go bad quickly and end up in the garbage. Not anymore, thanks to this great tip.

Berries are delicious, but they're also kind of delicate.

Raspberries in particular seem like they can mould before you even get them home from the market. There's nothing more tragic than paying 4 for a pint of local raspberries, only to look in the fridge the next day and find that fuzzy mould growing on their insides. Heres a tip on how to prevent them from getting there in the first place:

Wash them with vinegar.

When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop into the fridge. The vinegar kills any mould spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting mouldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they'll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.

You're so berry velcome!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that tip Tagwex. I prefer to to soak them in vodka! Very Happy Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That might work too!
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