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Apr 26, 2013, 02:50 PM
CA Lori
Strawberry tip
My friend just sent me an e-mail about how to prolong the life of berries. It said to remove them from the basket and soak them in 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water and they should be spore-free for about one week.

I'm tired of throwing out moldy strawberries (they usually are even in the bottom of the basket when I bring them home from the store.

Have any of you ever heard of this? I'm certainly going to give it a try.
Apr 26, 2013, 04:19 PM
Haven't heard of this, but I agree about them being overripe even at the store, especially those surprise ones on the bottom. :-( I'd like to try this, wonder if you taste the vinegar though. TFS

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Apr 26, 2013, 05:25 PM
CA Lori
They said you could rinse them after the vinegar treatment but that it wasn't necessary because the vinegar was so diluted. I don't plan to rinse mine.
Apr 26, 2013, 06:50 PM
Interesting tip. Thanks for sharing. The last two times that I've gone to Costco, the strawberries have been from local fields. Those have lasted two weeks with no problem in the refrigerator.
Apr 26, 2013, 08:40 PM
Yes, I've heard of it! Bana posted it over on the General Gardening board last year or early this year. She tried works!!!
It is good for any berries...blackberries, blueberries, raspberries...and I might try it on grapes too!
Some have lasted as long as 2 wks in the fridge after the treatment.

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Apr 26, 2013, 09:44 PM
Vinegar is a cure all for so many things.
Even my dermatologist recommends a dilute solution of vinegar and tap water to dab on itchy skin, bites, rash, allergic reactions.

Cleans up coffee pots, used in laundry, someone has probably written a book about 1001 uses for vinegar. Cheap and plentiful!

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Apr 26, 2013, 11:19 PM
Spanish Revival
I have heard of this, posted it about a year ago or so, I've been doing it since and it really does work... It works well for strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries... and grapes too! Thanks for reminding us!
Apr 26, 2013, 11:29 PM
how long do you soak the berries?
Apr 27, 2013, 01:56 PM
My daughter-in-law makes a Jaimie Oliver dessert called Eton Mess. It basically calls for crushed meringue pieces, almonds, whipped cream and strawberries in Balsamic is to die for! The strawberries taste like I'll have to try your idea for keeping them fresher, longer - for other uses.
Apr 27, 2013, 05:34 PM
CA Lori
I'll have to go back and check my e-mail, but I'm sure you just swish them around in the bowl quickly and then remove them from the bowl. I'm pretty sure it didn't say anything about soaking them.
Apr 28, 2013, 06:47 AM
I recently heard of this. I used it on grapes the other days, it's supposed to take all the waxy stuff off fruits and veggies. I'm eager to try it with berries. The instructions I saw said to fill the sink with water (I just used a large bowl) and stir in 1 cup of vinegar. Put fruits and veggies in for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Apr 28, 2013, 10:19 AM
I've been using a diluted vinegar rinse for all my fruit and veggies since reading it on another forum last year. It works well and is especially noticeable with grapes which last much longer.


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May 09, 2013, 06:12 PM
CA Lori
I was not at all impressed with my tip. I'm going to try a second tip that I read about recently in the January issue of Woman's World. It said to line a cardboard box with paper towels and spread the strawberries out in a single layer. Don't know if it should be covered though. It didn't say. So I'll try it first with an open box. I plan to get some more strawberries tomorrow when I go shopping.
May 10, 2013, 03:15 PM
I will definitely try this. I have a 7 year old vegetarian.. seriously the kid lives on veggies, fruits, cereals, grains. but his favorite is strawberries and so many of the berries are already moldy by the second day.

Do you use cider vinegar or white vinegar?

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May 10, 2013, 03:30 PM
I tried this, then rinsed the strawberries. I really can't tell you if it worked, because we ate all the strawberries within 24 hours. LOL

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May 10, 2013, 09:08 PM
CA Lori
Don't know whether white or distilled vinegar was recommended. I used distilled and they still got moldy. I just bought another box of strawberries today and put them in a paper towel-lined cardboard box. I'll let you know if it works any better.
May 18, 2013, 10:55 AM
I did try it with the strawberries, and it worked for me. The berries lasted about a week or longer. I also used it with leaf lettuce I got at the farmers' market 2 weeks ago. I have a little left still, and the lettuce is still good! The same with a couple of tomatoes. Tomatoes always go bad for me on the counter and I still have 2 from 2 weeks ago that are good. I guess it could be because they are directly from the grower and not the grocery, but still....
May 18, 2013, 01:37 PM
CA Lori, if you left the strawberries wet when you put them back in the fridge...that could have made a difference. I always let mine drain for awhile on paper towels, then into some kind of container.

I went to a u-pick yesterday & picked over 13 lbs. of strawberries. They all got a rinse in the sink w/white vinegar. That was the kind that was the handiest. Big Grin

If you want a regular veggies wash, google homemade veggie wash and use the recipe that comes up that has vinegar in it. It will help remove a major amount of pesticide/herbicide residues on veggies.

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May 20, 2013, 06:42 PM
CA Lori
Yes, I did dry the strawberries.

I found that the cardboard box/paper towel tip works better.