It's pretty disappointing to come home with fresh, scrumptious berries only to find them rotting and covered in mould just a few days later. Cook's Illustrated says a little vinegar solution can keep that fuzzy mould off your delicate berries and extend their life.
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The vinegar and water solution destroys bacteria and mould spores, helping the berries last longer. Here are the instructions for the best way to wash, dry and store berries:
1. Wash berries in bowl with 3 cups water mixed with 1 cup white vinegar. Drain in colander and rinse under running water. 2. Place berries in salad spinner lined with 3 layers of paper towels. Spin for 15 seconds or until berries are completely dry. 3. Store berries in paper towel-lined sealable container, keeping lid slightly open to allow excess moisture to escape.
Alternately, you could just dunk berries in hot water to give them a few extra days of mould-free life, but the vinegar rinse might be more effective. Reddit user am4zon reports that using a vinegar rinse helps raspberries last a week or more and strawberries almost two weeks.
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Caring for Berries [Cook's Illustrated]