How to Make Your Strawberries Last Longer!
How to Keep Strawberries Fresh in the Fridge
Have you ever bought strawberries (or any berries for that matter) only to have them go bad a few days later? This used to happen to me all the time, especially toward the end of the season, and it hurt having to get rid of berries I had just paid for.
Luckily, there’s actually a really easy way to make your strawberries last longer. All it takes is a bit of vinegar and water, and your strawberries will stay fresh for WEEKS instead of days.
I honestly didn’t think this little trick would work at first, but I gave it a try anyway because it was my last hope. The result? My strawberries lasted for almost two weeks in the fridge! I was amazed!
FYI: This will work on any type of berries.
How it Works
It is SUPER simple. Here is all that you need to do:
- Step 1: Mix one part vinegar with 10 parts water.
- Step 2: Soak your strawberries for 2 Minutes
- Step 3: Drain the strawberries
- Step 4: Set them out to dry for about 20 minutes (I put them on paper towels)
- Step 5: Put them back in a container
- Step 6: Enjoy them for weeks!
Just six simple steps and you can keep your berries fresher, for longer! That means whenever berries go on sale, you can buy more than normal knowing that the freshness will actually last!
When I did it for these strawberries, I used 5 cups water to 1/2 cup vinegar. After I drained them, I didn’t rinse them off (you can if you would like) but there was absolutely no hint of a vinegar taste at all on the berries.
You may be wondering, “Why use vinegar?” Well, the vinegar kills the mold spores that are already growing on the berries so it lengthens the shelf life!
How to Store the Strawberries Afterwards
I just washed out the original container and stored them back in it because it has nice ventilation.
That’s How to Make Strawberries Last Longer
That’s really all there is to it! Most of you have vinegar in your pantry already so you might as well use it to help your berries last even longer.
We all know how expensive fresh fruit can be sometimes so it is best to make the most out of it. Give it a try and let us know how it goes!
This is not only great with strawberries; you can use it on all of your fresh produce!
Check out 3 ways to make bananas last longer.
I have a great essential oil product that I use for washing my apples. Send me an email at cathy @ fabulesslyfrugal.com if you want to learn about that.
Recipes for Your Strawberries:
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake
- Strawberry Cheesecake
- Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream
- Strawberry Freezer Jam
- Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Good Til the Last Bite Strawberry Pie
- See more strawberry recipes!
Looking for a fun little tool that almost anyone in the fam can use to hull strawberries? Here’s my favorite strawberry huller.
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