3 Fresh Berry Storage Tips from the BH&G Test Kitchen
We've all been there: That package of berries has only been in the refrigerator for two days, but the fruit already looks past its prime (or worse, unsafe to eat). The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has discovered three helpful hints to extend the life of your berries so you can safely enjoy them for up to five days post-purchase.
- Store unwashed berries in a single layer—such as in a short, wide storage container—to keep the fruit from getting crushed. Line the container with paper towels to absorb excess moisture, then loosely cover. (A tight lid traps gases that will accelerate ripening.)
- When you're ready to use the berries, place them in a colander and rinse in cool water. Line a salad spinner basket with paper towels, pour in the washed berries, and spin moisture away.
- If you're trying to encourage your family to snack on berries straight from the fridge and want to store them in the fridge already washed, don't clean them in plain H2O—unless you want to speed up the spoiling process. Instead, follow this easy as A, B, C strategy that works especially well with raspberries:
A. Fill a bowl with 3 cups of water plus 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Pour in unwashed berries and stir with hands to rinse the berries.
B. Line a salad spinner basket with paper towels, pour in the washed berries, and spin moisture away.
C. Store berries in a single layer in a loosely covered paper towel-lined container.
Need to Keep Berries for More Than a Week?
For longer storage, freezing is best. Place the berries in a single layer on a baking pan and place them in the freezer. Once they're frozen, put the berries in freezer containers or plastic freezer bags and seal. When stored this way, berries will keep in the freezer for up to a year.
Frozen berries are terrific in sauces, ice creams, syrups, pie fillings, smoothies, and other sweet sips. Give our top frozen berry recipes a whirl:
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