Berry season is here and it’s time to enjoy all those sweet, luscious strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. But if you’re trying to stretch each grocery dollar, you won’t want to end up throwing your money away.
Berries are a super food, but they’re delicate. How often have you spent $5.00 on a basket of berries only to discover they’re growing fuzzy mold the next day, then end up throwing these precious gems away? Protect your investment with vinegar!
Bathe your berries in diluted vinegar as soon as you bring them home. Prepare a mixture of one part white or apple cider vinegar with 10 parts water. You won’t taste the vinegar since it’s so diluted. Rinse berries, then swirl them in this solution for one full minute:
- 2 tablespoons vinegar, white or apple cider
- 1 1/4 cups water
For more berries, double the dose and use:
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups water
Vinegar kills the mold spores and other bacteria that are on the surface of the berries. They’ll stay mold-free, plump and firm for a week or more, so now you can stock up when they’re on sale!
Karen’s Fit Tip: Do not soak for more than a minute or you’ll lose valuable water-soluble vitamins.) Drain, and rinse if desired, then store them in the fridge.