Caring for fresh summertime berries is important to increase their longevity. With our simple but helpful storage tips and our fizzy Best Berry Wash recipe, consisting of purified water, baking soda and vinegar, your berries will last longer and retain their freshness.
For Small Batch in Small Bowl
- Small bowl full of purified (distilled or filtered) water
- 1 tablespoon (14.5 g) baking soda
- ¼ cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
For Medium Batch in Medium Bowl
- Medium bowl full of purified (distilled or filtered) water
- 1½ tablespoons (22 g) baking soda
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
For Large Batch in Large Bowl
- Large bowl full of purified (distilled or filtered) water
- 2 tablespoons (29 g) baking soda
- ½ cup (120 ml) apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
To make either a small, medium or large batch of homemade berry wash, simply select size of bowl and fill it ¾ full with water. Add baking soda and stir in until dissolved.
Add fresh berries that have been rinsed and picked through. Next, pour in vinegar. The berry wash will immediately begin to fizz. With hands or a spoon, gently agitate the water then allow berry wash to cleanse away mold, bacteria and dirt. Set a timer for 3 to 5 minutes.
Following the berry wash bath, drain berries through a large fine mesh sieve or colander. Then, rinse berries thoroughly with filtered water over sink.
Dry berries on a rimmed baking sheet with a few layers of clean paper towel. With hands, gently shake rimmed baking sheet from side-to-side to allow berries to roll around and dry off.
Place berries on another rimmed baking sheet with a large sheet of clean paper towel to dry completely. Once completely dry, fresh berries are ready to use in recipes.
Yield: Makes small, medium or large batch of homemade berry wash to wash a pound (454 g) or up to three (3) pounds (1362 g) of fresh berries.
If desired, briefly place freshly cleansed and dried berries into vented containers and place into the refrigerator for storage until ready to use. Using a BerryBreeze® unit in the refrigerator helps keep mold growth to a minimum and, therefore, adds longevity to your produce—a few days longer or up to one full week longer.
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