Friday, February 8, 2013

How To...Keep Berries Fresh

Contributed by: The Gluten Free Club

Washing berries before storage usually accelerates their deterioration. But if you can remove the mold spores and other bacteria that are on the surface of the berries, you can prolong their freshness and shelf life for up to two weeks.

Fresh berries
White or Apple Cider Vinegar

The standard solution for washing produce is 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. However for berries, a lighter vinegar solution of 16 to 1 (ie. 1 Tbsp vinegar : 1 cup water), will produce the same results without leaving any vinegar aftertaste on the berries.
Combine the water and vinegar in a large bowl, and add berries. Let stand for 3-8 minutes (3 minutes for delicate berries like blackberries and raspberries, and about 8 minutes for firmer skinned berries like strawberries and blueberries). Do not allow berries to soak for longer than 10 minutes.

Drain berries well using a colander, but do not rinse. Place berries onto a dry lint-free towel and blot dry to remove all excess moisture.

To store, line a lidded container with a paper towel. Fill the bottom with berries, then cover with another paper towel. Continue layering until container is full. Cover and refrigerate.

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