produce here in south texas is extremely affordable, so i've been trying to include more seasonal fruits and veggies in our diet. some of our summer favorites- strawberries, cherries, raspberries and blueberries in particular seem to spoil all too quickly. to extend their shelf life, i found a little trick on pinterest that has been super duper helpful, and that is a new part of my sunday shopping ritual:
first, when you bring home berries sift through to find any that are spoiled/smooshed/gross and discard them. spoilage among these types of fruit seems to spread at lightning speed once it starts.
then, take your remaining berries and soak them for 8-10 minutes in a solution that is 1:10 parts white distilled vinegar to water- to kill off any mold spores on the fruit.
once the berries are done soaking, rinse well with water and very gently pat dry. lay them out in a single layer on a paper towel and let your berries dry completely before placing them in a container for storage. (i like ceramic berry baskets and colanders!)
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