(Thanks to reader Emily for proposing this Green Idea!)
Fresh, beautifully ripe berries abound in the summer. But berries do not last for long before they start to grow moldy and spoil. Can rinsing your fresh berries in a vinegar and water solution prevent them from becoming moldy so fast?
- Saves Money – fewer moldy berries, means less waste, and a better value for you, with no expensive fruit wash needed
- Better for You – more berries in the house means more healthy snacking opportunities
- Easy – a quick rinse is all it takes
- It doesn’t really work
I love all the summer berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, and the list goes on. I love to visit a farmers market and pick up local, fresh, and super sweet berries, fresh from the vines. Sadly, it seems that these berries don’t last more than a few days before they start getting moldy and have to be tossed to the compost heap.
I was super excited when a reader and friend, Emily, told me that she had read you could extend the life of berries with a vinegar wash. It makes some sense, that the vinegar would clean the berries of any mold spores, and they would last longer. It was definitely worth a try to preserve my luscious summer berries.
The next time I picked up strawberries I tested out the wash on a few berries. I made the wash of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water. I saturated the berries with the solution, let them sit for a few minutes, and rinsed the thoroughly with fresh water. I placed the washed berries in a small bowl along with a second bowl of unwashed berries from the same carton. I set them aside to see what would happen.
Several days later when I checked in on them I was disappointed to see they had both begun to soften excessively, as strawberries do right before you toss them. It seemed the vinegar rinse did not slow the spoiling of the strawberries at all. So sad! I really do hate it when these ideas fail!
The moral of this story is that you have to eat up those summer berries super fast. I recommend adding fresh whipped cream, or putting them into a tasty English Summer Pudding to help them disappear quickly.
What are your favorite ways to eat ripe summer berries?