Many of us like to fill our fridge and picnic basket with fresh fruit — especially in the summer!
Certain fruit, such as strawberries, are both incredibly delicious and nutritious, packed with vitamins and minerals that are great for our bodies. Other fruits and vegetables are also of course very nutritious, but let’s be honest — they just don’t taste as good.
Red-colored foods are said to improve vision, brain function and reduce high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and various cardiovascular diseases.
Strawberries in particular contain antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, fiber and magnesium.
I’ve yet to meet someone who does not love the powerful berries. You can eat them straight out of a box, throw them into a great salad or use them on cake and pastries.
And if you want to make sure the sweet treats stay fresh longer, make sure you check out the tips below!
Keep your strawberries fresh
Isn’t it just such a disappointment when you reach for your beloved favorite berries in the fridge — only to discover them filled with mold?
Most people already know that strawberries should be kept in a cold environment and so many of us store them in the fridge. At 32 F (0 celcius), strawberries usually only last about five days — a few degrees warmer and they can go bad within hours.
Fortunately, Hip2Save have shared a great way to make sure your strawberries keep fresh longer. This trick will extend your red jewels for several days; maybe even a week or two!
You will need to:
- Vinegar / Vinegar
- Pour one fifth vinegar and 4 fifths of water into a large bowl. About 1 cup vinegar and 5 1/2 cups water is a good reference.
- Soak your berries in the mixture for a few minutes. The vinegar will clear the strawberries from bacteria, the little buggers that ruin your strawberries.
- You will likely notice that the water will ‘stain’ — don’t worry, none of this will remain in your strawberries!
- Dry your strawberries. You can place them on paper towels or allow them to air dry. Make sure you remove all moisture.
- Place your strawberries in the fridge on top of a few layers of paper towel. The paper towel will help absorb any extra moisture the strawberries may produce.
Bonus tips: 3 other tricks that help strawberries last longer
- Keep the buds on your strawberries until you’re about to eat them. This will extend their shelf life.
- If you don’t immediately plan to eat your strawberries, buy berries that are greener and not as ripe. When you remove your strawberries from your fridge one or two days later, they should ready to eat.
- If you notice any bad berries in your carton or mold, be sure to remove them immediately. This prevents mold from spreading and destroying the rest of the batch!
Given that so many people adore strawberries, many can surely benefit from these easy tricks that ensure they last longer so you can enjoy the red delights without worry.
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