Keeping fruits and vegetables fresh in the refrigerator can be a challenge at times.
Strawberries in particular have a rather short shelf life and can deteriorate quickly even when stored at low temperatures. Thankfully there is a little known quick and easy way to help keep them fresher for longer.
When stored in the fridge, strawberries can quickly grow mold and develop a mushy-like texture from being packed tightly together. This comes from mold spores that may have been on the fruit from harvesting. When stored in a cool, damp environment the mold quickly gets to work to do it’s job of breaking down the enzymes in the fruit. Great for composting, not so palatable though.
Strawberries are packed full of goodness. Not only are they refreshing and delicious, but they are also packed full of vitamin C, high in anti-oxidants, magnesium, potassium and fiber. So to help stop these immune boosting fruits going to waste, here is how to keep them fresh for up to a week or two.
What you need:
- White Vinegar
- A salad spinner or colander
- Paper towels, or a clean lint free cloth
- Mix one part white vinegar with 5 parts water in a large bowl.
- Add the strawberries to the bowl and leave them for a few minutes. (The vinegar will remove the mold spores and bacteria which cause the fruit to deteriorate.)
- Remove them from the solution and place on cloth or paper towels. Pat them gently to dry. Or you can simply put them in a colander or salad spinner a leave them to dry for a few hours.
- When dry, place them on a clean paper towel or cloth and store them in the refrigerator.
- In order to keep them as fresh as possible, do not remove the stems until you’re ready to eat them. Make sure any berries that have already started to spoil are removed prior to storing.