The simple way to prolong the life of your strawberries using just two ingredients

As we head into summer the stores and local farmers markets are full of delicious and healthy produce that we should all be snacking on.

But one all time summer favorite that you cannot fail to associate with the sunshine are strawberries.

They are available in abundance at the moment with many stores having deals if you buy them in bulk. I can’t resist those deals but often find I can’t eat them quick enough before mold starts to appear and I have to throw them away.

Thankfully I’ve found a fail-proof tip that ensures this deliciously sweet fruit stays as fresh as the day they were picked using just vinegar, water and a few minutes of your time.

Using vinegar helps destroy the harmful bacteria that speeds up the mold process on your strawberries.

To help prolong the life of your strawberries you will need:

  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • Colander
  • Paper towels

Fill a measuring cup with 1/4 cup vinegar and 1 1/2 cups of water. You may need more if you’re washing more than one pack of strawberries.

Pour the solution into a bowl or glass container and let the berries soak for about five minutes.


Tip the berries into a colander and rinse with water. Then put them onto a paper towel and leave them to dry.

When they’re dry put them in a container lined with a paper towel and seal with the lid. Your strawberries should last up to six weeks.

By leaving the green leaves on top also helps prolong the life of your strawberries.

And the good news is you can use the above cleaning method for all berries.


This is so easy anyone can do it and it not only means you don’t waste your money by having to throw produce away but ensures they taste good weeks after you bought them.

Don’t forget to share this simple tip with your friends and family.