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Vinegar and strawberries....it works!

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Post  quiltbea on 6/19/2012, 2:34 pm

For a short-term preserving of berries, I tried the vinegar bath suggested; 10 parts water, 1 part vinegar.

On June 12 I picked a quart of strawberries. Having picked another quart the day before, we knew we could not eat them all within a day or two. On June 13th I hulled them first then took those berries and swished them around in a mixing bowl filled with 5 cups of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. I swished a minute or two, then drained them in a colander and left them maybe ten minutes to fully drain. Filled a covered container with the damp berries and put them in the fridge with a tight lid.



I opened the container above today and they are fine 6 days later. No fuzzies or decay. I guess I'll be saving all my berries in this fashion in future. I just thought I'd let you know it works.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/19/2012, 3:10 pm

Excellent, Bea! I use white vinegar for a lot of things but never knew about this. I wonder what else we could 'preserve' with this recipe?
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Post  SwampCatNana on 6/19/2012, 3:12 pm

That is fantastic to know it really works! bounce cheers Hate wasting great berries.
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Post  llama momma on 6/19/2012, 3:14 pm

How Cool is That??? Fantastic! If I was younger I'd do one of these
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Post  Pepper on 6/19/2012, 3:32 pm

The great thing is it DOES NOT change the taste of the berries

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Post  rose1971 on 6/19/2012, 4:01 pm

I LOVE to learn new things. This forum is so awesome :-) Thanks so much for the tip....
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Post  cheyannarach on 6/19/2012, 6:19 pm

Thanks for sharing! That will come in handy for sure!!!Very Happy
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Post  quiltbea on 6/19/2012, 11:16 pm

You can do this with any berry. I understand that raspberries can go bad quickly, but won't with a vinegar bath.

I had a big bowl of my strawberries with sugar and whipped cream today. Mmmmm good.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 6/20/2012, 1:26 am

Oh they look so beautiful, my mouth started to water. Great tip and thanks for sharing!
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Post  Chopper on 6/20/2012, 2:59 am

You can do this with any perishable practically. The vinegar acts as a germ/fungus/etc killer so those odd spores that come in with the fruit/veggie get killed and we can avoid premature destruction of the fruits of our labors. Also works for supermarket stuff too of course. Very Happy

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Post  wilson on 6/20/2012, 4:53 am

Wow, i use vinegar for lots of cleaning type things, but never thought to do this.

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We have a fantastic Mulberry tree, guess it would work on mulberries as well, i freeze heaps of them, but would be nice to be able to extend their fridge life a bit.
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Post  mmathedrader on 6/20/2012, 1:33 pm

AWESOME! I can't wait for my plants to give me fruit!!!
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Post  GWN on 6/20/2012, 2:17 pm

WOW that is great news, I have TONS of white strawberries on my plants and a few days from now they will be red....
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Post  elliephant on 6/20/2012, 2:32 pm

I saw this on Pinterest and have been doing it with my store bought berries. It's really been a wonderful thing, as by the time berries get down here they are anything but fresh.

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Post  rjeverett on 6/20/2012, 4:17 pm

Shocked I did not know this! Now I cannot wait to try it!
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