As most KCLs know, it can be hard to find great deals on produce items. And keeping produce fresh is just another obstacle that comes along with buying fresh fruits and veggies. The last thing any smart shopper wants is to throw away their produce that spoiled before being eaten. It’s like throwing away money! I’ve recently discovered a simple solution to make those berries you buy this spring and summer last longer and end in your family’s bellies rather than the trash can.

  1. Mix your fresh berries in a bowl filled with one part vinegar and ten parts water (white cider can be used in place of vinegar).
  2. Swish berries all around to ensure they are all mixed well.
  3. Rinse your berries out in a strainer with just water.

Your berries are now ready to eat! Or they can be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.

By using this mixture, you’ve killed off the mold that may have been living on the surface of berries. As a result, your produce will stay fresh a whole week longer. Enjoy those berries that are now in season, and get more bang for your buck with this smart rinse!

This has been a guest post by Megan from Millbrae, CA
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13 thoughts on “A Quick Trick to Making those Berries Last Longer”

  1. Deborah Katz says:

    I haven’t tried the vinegar method, but I have found another method that works for me.  As soon as I get the berries home, I turn the carton over and punch a few new holes in the bottom of the plastic container.  Then, I leave the carton upside down, so the berries that were on the bottom are now getting more circulating air.  If there’s a little white pad in the bottom, I pull that out first.  This has really helped my berries last longer.  Of course, you shouldn’t wash berries until you are ready to eat to help them last longer, too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I also was worried about the taste. OK, I’ve got some strawberries, so, I will try it. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been doing this for a couple months now & it really works! I had strawberries that I had bought before going on vacation & were still good when I got back a week later! I do it for all berries.

  4. Just threw away some blueberries today! Gonna try this next time

  5. Anonymous says:

    I will try this and see – my first reaction is the taste factor. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Anonymous says:

    My family has grown and frozen berries for 100s of years..I freeze all kinds to eat later yes store bought too:) YUM

  7. Anonymous says:

    Does the work for strawberries, too? We are having a heck of a time keeping them from going bad the past few months. It’s like they are on verge of bad when you buy them.

  8. Can you freeze berries if you vacuum seal them?

    • Anonymous says:

      The best way to freeze berries is to lay them out on a baking pan and freeze. After frozen then place in a freezer bag or vacuum sealed bag:)

  9. Anonymous says:

    they wont taste funny after?

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly what I was thinking.

      • Anonymous says:

         Ditto on that. Someone try it and tell me the results. My daughter eats TONS of berries so I’m interested….

    • Anonymous says:

      We’ve been doing this for a couple weeks- they don’t taste funny at all as long as you don’t skip step #3 (rinsing with water). They really do last a lot longer!