How To Make Your Strawberries Last Longer!

May 5, 2016 49 Comments | Disclosure

Make your strawberries last for weeks instead of days using this tip!

An amazing and easy tip to help your strawberries last so much longer!

I saw this tip on making your strawberries last longer (I can’t even remember where now) but I tried it and this bunch of strawberries lasted for almost two WEEKS in the fridge after using this soak on them!  It is really easy, all you need are strawberries, vinegar and water!  *Note* this will work on any type of  berries.

An amazing and easy tip to help your strawberries last so much longer!

Mix one part vinegar with 10 parts water.  I used 5 cups water to 1/2 cup vinegar.  The vinegar kills the mold spores that are already growing on the berries so  it lengthens the shelf life!

An amazing and easy tip to help your strawberries last so much longer!

I soaked them for 2 minutes and drained them.

An amazing and easy tip to help your strawberries last so much longer!

I suppose you could rinse them with water, but I didn’t.  There was absolutely no hint of a vinegar taste at all!

An amazing and easy tip to help your strawberries last so much longer!

I washed out the original container and stored them back in it because it has nice ventilation.   I am sure you could use any container.

Store them in the refrigerator or a cool location.

How To Make Your Strawberries Last Longer!

Rating: 51

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 2 minutes

How To Make Your Strawberries Last Longer!

Ingredients

  • Strawberries*
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

Instructions

  1. Place water and vinegar into a bowl
  2. Add strawberries, being sure all sides get put in the solution
  3. Let sit for 2 minutes
  4. Drain and return to original container

Notes

This can be done with any berry and most produce!

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Comments

  1. deb thomas says:

    I would think if you rinse them, you are just putting a new bacteria on them since tap water has some bacteria in it. I have been doing this also for the last few weeks with all my vegetables. It has made my veggies like okra and stuff last a lot longer, but for my berries they are staying fresh for about a week, if they last that long. 😉

    • Hmmm…maybe my berries were greener at the store 😉

      • Colleen says:

        The printed part of the recipe you say 5 cups water and 1 cup white vinegar. But when you are giving step by step directions you state 5 cups water to 1/2 cop vinegar.

        • Peg jefferson says:

          Picture with vinegar says 10 cups water, 1 of vinegar, she cut the recipe in half

          • No, the recipe was reduced wrong. It either needs to say 10 cups water to 1 cup vinegar or 5 cups water to 1/2 cup vinegar. I think Colleen was noting the change in case someone prints out just the recipe.

  2. I am SO glad this worked! I am making cheesecake stuffd Chocolate Covered strawberries for my Mom for mother’s day!

  3. Awesomeness! Just bought a bunch of strawberries & was planning on making a pie, some jam & maybe freezing some. Going to do this trick now & maybe not freeze. Love it!!

  4. I am sure you copied this tip from bountiful baskets. At least give credit to them.

  5. Ana Franklin says:

    Tupperware sells a great container called Fridge Smart that helps your berries and other produce last WAY longer by regulating the air flow in tje container! My strawberries last for 2-3 weeks every time! I wonder if this trick would make them last even longer!

  6. Shawnna says:

    I read an article in the Family Fun magazine that said to wash your strawberries/berries with water that is 120 degrees for 30 seconds and that will also kill the spores and my berries end up drying out and never mold. Works every time.

  7. I use a large plastic container with a lid and put a paper towel on the bottom and then a single layer of strawberries – don’t cram them in and if they don’t touch, even better. Place another paper towel on top of this layer of strawberries and you can add more layers. Do Not Wash the strawberries before putting them in the container. When done, put it in the refrigerator. I got this technique from a strawberry farmer in Oxnard, California, the Strawberry Capital of the World.

  8. This is a great idea and so helpful!

  9. Mameelynn says:

    I have been using this same tip for a few years now also!! It is so great!! I have even cut out a step in that I submerge my strawberries in the plastic container they come in and then just let them drip dry in the sink for a few minutes before I put it into the fridge. This is the first thing I do with my berries so once the container goes in the fridge I don’t have to worry about dirty berries!!

  10. Becky KASTEN says:

    I will try this! My sil showed me years ago that if you layer paper towels in a Tupperware container with dry strawberries they will last over a week!!! But two weeks WooHoo!! Can’t wait to try this!

  11. Thank you for this! I am lucky to get them to last 2 days so will definintely be trying this!!

  12. I am definitely going to have to try this. I bought strawberries Tuesday night and by Friday morning they were moldy.

  13. We are snow birds and have a terrible time keeping vegetables, fruit, potatoes, etc not going bad just after a few days. Are any of you wonderful ladies from Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Carolina’s, Georgia have any tips or suggestions?

    H-E-L-P!!!

  14. Ana Franklin says:

    I swear by Tupperware’s Fridge Smart System to help my produce last longer! They’re the reason I joined the company! I’ve run my own completely unscientific tests on them and everything lasts a minimum of a week longer! Check them out! my.tupperware.com/anafranklin

  15. Hi, don’t you dry them before putting them in the original container?
    Thanks

  16. My husband was worried that the vinegar taste would linger, but it didn’t!

  17. Tasha @ Real Imprints says:

    This is a fabulous idea! I spray my strawberries with vinegar but this works even better! Thanks so much for the tip!

  18. Shay Ingram says:

    I bought strawberries today they were on sale and I need to keep”em fresh till Friday, trying the vinegar trick for the first time, hope it turns out great

  19. Thanks for the tip!

  20. Linda Woodmansee says:

    If you keep unwashed berries in a glass jar with a metal lid they will keep for a long time. Plastic doesn’t work.

  21. Kortney says:

    Should be 1/2 cup of vinegar or a whole cup?

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