Keeping Berries Fresh

by Anne Bennett on July 15, 2015

blueberries in vinegar

Costco blueberries in a solution of vinegar and water.

Blueberries 2

Washed blueberries after a spin in the salad spinner.

You’re at Costco buying paper towels and frozen chicken breasts when you come upon an oversized container of fresh blueberries. Because everything at Costco is a great buy, you feel compelled to take them home, but how can you eat them all before the bane of delicate berries — mold — overtakes them?

It’s happened to me more times than I’d care to remember. What a waste. But I found a remedy on food 52 that’s easy, inexpensive and from my experience thus far, foolproof.

In a large bowl combine 1 cup white vinegar and 3 cups water and dunk your berries into the solution. This mixture will kill any mold or bacteria. Drain the fruit in a colander and rinse it well with water.

Line your salad spinner with several layers of paper towels to cushion the berries and spin them for about 15 seconds to get them completely dry. Don’t return them to their original container because that will crowd them. Place them in a paper towel-lined bowl and refrigerate it with the lid askew to allow excess moisture to escape.

My blueberries are still pristine after almost a week in the fridge. They’re just about gone too. Costco’s blueberries, and their ultra-cool-on-a-hot-day-in-Kansas-City refrigerated produce room, are calling my name.

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Myra Opdyke July 15, 2015 at 9:45 am

Good to know. I love my blueberries.

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