By Ann | June 19, 2013
I’m frantically careening towards a deadline, but I just discovered the most amazing household tip and I wanted to share it right away…
This spring, I’ve been addicted to strawberries. But I’ve struggled to keep my berries fresh — which is frustrating when they’re €5.50/barquette. Well, a few weeks ago, my friend Kristin taught me a secret: Rinse them in a mixture of white vinegar and water.
I add a healthy splash of vinegar to a bowl of water, submerge my berries, drain, and store them in the fridge, in a little dish lined with a paper towel. Fear not, you CANNOT taste the vinegar — I swear — and the berries stay fresh for at least a week. Yesterday, I used a vinegar solution to wash some strawberries that were heading south and I swear they actually grew fresher overnight.
Why does it work? According to The Kitchn, the vinegar kills the bacteria and mold spores lingering on the fruit.
If you try it, I hope you’ll let me know if it works for you!
PS Speaking of strawberries, did you know there’s a French phrase “envie de fraises,” which is a little jokey way to refer to someone who’s pregnant?