How to Make Fresh Strawberries Last Longer

How to Make Fresh Strawberries Last Longer

I am so excited about picking fresh strawberries soon. There is nothing better than the yummy juiciness soon coming our way! Except when you pick them and they get moldy and yucky after just a day.

I learned this little tip that I just had to share with you all on how to make fresh strawberries last longer. You can easily get your fresh strawberries to last over a week in the refrigerator.

All you need is cold water and white vinegar :-) The vinegar kills mold spores that are on the berries. And there is absolutely no taste of vinegar left on the strawberries either.

Just mix 2 cups of cold water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a large bowl and soak your fresh strawberries in it for about 20 minutes!

How to Make Fresh Strawberries Last Longer

Drain in a colander, rinse them and then lay the strawberries on a towel or paper towels to dry completely.  This part is key. I leave them for at least an hour.

How to Make Fresh Strawberries Last Longer

Store them in a bowl in the refrigerator. Mine have lasted more than a week and probably longer if we didn’t eat them that fast.

Comments

    • Pat Kukachka says

      I have been doing this for several years now and the strawberries will last more than a week. I use a medium bowl and pour in a “glug” or two of vinegar, then fill with water, dump the berries/fruit in, and dry on paper toweling. And YES, do this with ALL your fruit, even the ones they say to “rinse before using.” Blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, and tomatoes, too (they are a fruit, you know!). All benefit from the acid in the vinegar that destroys everything that might make them mold. And once they’re dry, there’s no taste of vinegar. Vinegar is a sanitizer and I also keep a spray bottle of this solution on my cupboard for quick wipe-ups and countertop cleaning. There are lots of uses for vinegar — look it up!

  1. says

    What a great idea! I have been throwing strawberries away and know I won’t have to! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

  2. Janet Olson says

    Thank you!!! I’m the only one in the house that eats strawberries. I l.o.v.e. them but sometimes….. No more.

  3. says

    I have heard this tip in passing before but was worried about the vinegar taste so it makes me happy to hear you say that you can’t taste it at all. Will def try it now! Thanks!

  4. says

    Thanks for the tip! We love strawberries, but sometimes I tell the kids not to eat them because I’m saving them to make something, then I don’t find the time to use them before they start to go bad. Pinned so I can try this.

  5. says

    Thank for the great tip! I buy a huge tray of strawberries from our local farmer, but we are always in a hurry to finish them before they go bad. Thank you for sharing at #GetHimFed Fridays, hope you have a nice weekend!

  6. says

    Stopping in from Let’s Get Real Blog Hop; How totally amazing! I was given a whole flatof berries once and had to use them before they went bad. Unfortunately, I lost a few. Wish I had known this! Thanks for sharing at the hop!

  7. says

    I had heard this somewhere already but completely forgot about it. Going to pin this, as I had to throw away some very unpleasantly mushy strawberries yesterday.

  8. says

    This is a great tip! I always end up throwing out berries because they become a science project in my fridge waiting to be eaten. Looks like my Family Fun Friday co-host, Danita, loved it as much as I did. I also featured you as a frugal idea – “waste not, want not.” :)

  9. says

    Good to know! I am planting strawberries this year. I’ve missed having them. I tend to can a lot when it’s to the point I have too many or the ones in the house are about to go bad. Now, I can keep them a little longer. Thanks for linking at The Yuck Stops Here. I do hope you will link again next week!

  10. NormaJean says

    Just don’t leave them longer than 20 minutes as you will lose the nutrient value and some of the sweetness.

  11. says

    I pinned it as a reminder with all my favorite strawberry dishes to try this summer. We have had this problem again and again…. tossing out berries within days of buying them. Will also pin to my “kitchen hacks” board…. would love to include you in a kitchen hacks roundup. Let me know!

  12. says

    Thanks for the great tips. They’ll be selling local strawberries soon, so this is very useful. I’m here from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  13. says

    This is a great tip. Perfect for when I only have a few strawberries ripening at a time – it will be great to keep them in the fridge until I have a big bowl full! Visiting from #FoodieFriDIY

  14. says

    Really?! I am so excited to have a solution to moldy strawberries! I like to pick them by the quart and I would just leave them on the side porch with a towel over them until I could make my jam. That didn’t always work. Thanks for this tip!

  15. says

    awesome! so easy and yet so effective! We go through them fast but do end up with some spoilage too so I will for sure try this tip next time! i wonder if it works for other fruits and veggies?

  16. Inga Sinigaglia says

    I gather your great web site is in USA? No problem. We are in the midst of our wonderful
    British strawberry season but the only place to buy them is in a farmers market, where
    they are organic and by evening have gone really mushy. Supermarkets have mountains
    of fresh strawberries – the wonderful smell is overpowering and tempting, but getting
    them to be edible the next day is impossible – we are told not to refrigerate them
    (possibly the supermarkets have had to bring them from the growers in refrigerated
    trucks) whatever – yesterday’s 2-pounds today more than half had t o be thrown.
    I will try your tip tomorrow with the vinegar. Good luck to me!

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