Sure, I might put some berries on a salad or something and then throw on some vinegrette, but I think that’s as close as my berries and vinegar should get to each other.
Or should they?
I thought this was the weirdest thing when I first tried it. I saw it somewhere on Pinterest. Buying beautiful berries only to have them go rotten in a day or two drives me CRAZY. I thought it was worth a try.
It totally works. I had a batch of black berries (probably the ones pictured) that lasted a FULL week in my fridge. I bet without the vinegar rinse they would’ve gone a day or two.
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So, open all the cartons, and remove that little paper/plastic thingy on the bottom. You want to leave that area clear to let the water flow out. Or, if you’re eating them right away I prefer using a strainer. This one is my favorite. Washes well, doesn’t rust, great size for a can of beans or a container of berries.1
Get a 4 cup measure (love using these oxo ones, they pour so nicely), and add 1/2 cup of vinegar, then fill the rest with water (so, the water isn’t very vinegar-y). I did this much water for 5 containers of black berries.
Then just pour the liquid over the berries. I like to line them up in my dish drainer so they can just hang out and drain after for a bit. I then do another 4 cups of plain water. Be careful as you do this that the water is gentle on the berries. We know they’re fragile creatures.
After the berries drain for a few minutes I close the containers, and give them a little shake to make sure I got off as much water as I could. I then stack them in the fridge on a paper towel until my kids eat them by the handfulls and they disappear.
**I think the vinegar kills any spores that are lingering on the berries so they don’t go moldy. I’m not really sure why though, I only know it works!
I LOVE good berries, and this allows me to buy a few containers at once and not worry they’ll be bad the next day.
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Vinegar can do the weirdest things! Though I cannot say for sure how long I’m used to blackberries lasting regularly…most of the time when we get them, they are fresh out of someone’s yard and go into a pie or into jam in a day or two! xD
I know, normally blackberries are gone before I get to the fridge again. 🙂