How Tos(day): Keeping Berries Mold-Free

This How Tos(day) tip is a simple favorite. We all know how sad it is to buy some nice, plump berries and when you finally get around to eating them a few days later, they are half-covered in mold. Boo. All you have to do to extend their life is soak them in vinegar and water, then rinse. True. Check it out after the jump.

Medium Bowl

2 cups pure cold water
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Berries of your choice

Let’s get started.
Fill bowl halfway with pure water. Add vinegar. Now add berries. Soak for 1 minute in vinegar and water mix.

Rinse quickly with cool water, strain so they dry as much as possible, and return to packaging.

For delicate berries like raspberries, I fold up a piece of paper towel to line the bottom of the container.

Put back in the fridge until ready. Raspberries should last about a week now, and heartier berries like blueberries will last longer—that vinegar kills moldy bacteria.

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  1. Marty

    Wonderful! Thank you for the tip, I can’t wait to try it this coming berry season!

  2. Gjesso

    Thanks for the post! I will definitely try this-

  3. What a great idea! Just pinned this to remind me of this wonderful tip. And shared it on FB. Thanks! Can’t wait to try this out. Our berries always go bad fast.


  4. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this! I tried it with our strawberries and it worked wonders!! We love our berries but getting organic ones in our local grocers is like pulling teeth! So when they do get them in and they don’t cost an arm and a leg we like to eat up. Once again thanks!

  5. Love the advice about storing berries. It’s always so sad when they go bad so fast and leave me feeling wasteful too. I teach mindfulness classes in meditation, qigong and tai chi, so this is one more great tip I can offer my students for more mindfulness around food shopping, storing and eating. Thanks, Hillary

  6. Your tips are right on time!
    I just purchased several bins of fresh, organic raspberries – since they were on sale – and I want to keep them from molding like the last batch I bought. I am going to employ your method for preventing mold.
    I already use vinegar to wash my produce, and now I will use it to help berries last longer.

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