Sunday, June 14, 2020

Berry Season! How to Wash and Store

Nothing makes me happier than when the first berry starts to change color! A magical aroma fills the air and assures me that sunshine days are ahead. It is my favorite thing to pick the first berry of the season with the sun on back!

However when I bring them inside, I can see they are typically covered with dirt. I can't put my head in the sand and tell myself they were cleaned in processing and at the store. I know where these berries are from; the gross dirt from my yard. 

But that isn't going to stop me from enjoying the kick off to summer and from making amazing bakes with my homegrown berries. I have been able to find a way that fully cleans the berries and helps them last longer in the fridge. You've spent all that time taking care of the berry bushes in your yard, you are not going to let these precious gems go to waste! 

Here are the steps to take to help you enjoy them to the fullest: 

1. Fill a large bowl with 4 cups of water and a 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar Add the berries and slow mix them around with your hand, removing the dirt and excess "stuff." There is a science behind why we use vinegar, and if you really, really want to know check out this article. Let the berries soak for at least 5 minutes. 

2. Using a colander, remove the berries from the water and rinse. Make sure to rinse well to remove any excess vinegar so you can't taste it. 

3. For the softer berries, place them out on a towel, but if they are sturdier like blueberries or strawberries you can use a salad spinner to dry. 

4. Then line an air-tight container with paper towels and add the berries. I leave one corner up to stop condensation from collecting and causing mold.

Berry Season! How to Wash and Store


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