How to make vinegar fruit wash to prolong the life of your berries. A simple meal prep trick that will help your berries last for longer, with step by step photos showing you exactly how to do it!
I have a love/hate relationship with fresh berries.
LOVE- that beautiful juicy fresh berry...so much flavor and the best texture!
HATE- blink and they've gone bad. Nothing worse than going into your fridge and finding a box full of moldy, squishy berries, right?
Well, friends, I have a little trick that helps prolong the life of your berries, and you probably already have it in your kitchen: white vinegar.
Yes, you read that right! Give your berries a quick dunk in a dilute white vinegar mixture, and you are helping kill off those pesky mold spores.
Following the tips I share below, you can use berries in your meal preps, or just keep them for longer in the fridge! Hurray!
How to Make Vinegar Fruit Wash
Fill a large bowl with 1 part white vinegar to 4 cups water. You may want to double this, depending on how many berries you are washing.
Add your berries, immersing them under the water. If you have a lot of berries, you can work in shifts. Let them soak for 5 minutes.
Scoop your berries out and transfer to a colander. If I am doing a lot of berries, I will re-use the vinegar wash for multiple batches and use a slotted spoon to scoop them out and transfer to colander.
Rinse gently under cold water.
Spread out on a towel and allow to air dry. This part is IMPORTANT! Removing as much water as possible is crucial in helping your berries last longer in the fridge.
Transfer to a storage container. I recommend placing a piece of paper towel in the bottom of a meal prep container, or you can use a special produce conserving container like these Produce Savers from Rubbermaid or these Produce Keepers from OXO.
Using these steps, I have successfully used berries in 4-day meal preps.
Some more tips for washing fruit with vinegar:
- Be sure that you are starting with very fresh (not overripe) berries.
- If you have a mixture of small and large berries, soak them separately (aka: ignore what I did in the above photograph!). Large berries may risk squishing and damaging the smaller berries when you rinse them.
- if you have a large quanity of berries, consider freezing some! Find instructions for freezing Blueberries, Strawberries and Blackberries here.
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 4 cups water
- 1 lb berries
- Combine the vinegar and water in a large bowl.
- Add the berries. Soak for 5 minutes.
- Scoop out the berries and rinse under cold water in a colander.
- Spread out on a towel and allow to air dry.
- Store in a meal prep container lined with paper towel or in produce storage containers.
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