Stop throwing away your strawberries!
Pinterest has a never-ending scroll of kitchen hacks and I’ve seen the one for the strawberries in my facebook feed more than once.
Often I’ll gufaw at “hacks” that simply aren’t useful or seem to be mostly myth.
But I wondered about the vinegar-dunked strawberries.
Would they taste like vinegar?
Would they still mold?
Or would it really work?
I decided to stress test the strawberry hack. Instead of using hardy, long-lasting grocery store strawberries, I decided I was going to experiment with the fragile “two-day strawberries” from the farmstand. My girlfriend, Heather, calls them two-day strawberries because that’s how long they last. Fragrant and flavorful beyond belief, but blink and they’re molding. Two days and it’s over.
Still, they’re the best strawberries in the area and if the vinegar-dunk could prolong the life of these berries, it may be alchemy.
Well, friends it did. It does! IT IS GOLD.
Those berries are a week old in the fridge and still not moldy.
I’ve tried it a few times now to prove that it wasn’t just a fluke. It isn’t. The vinegar dunk is the elixir of life, and I’m going to help you save your strawberries too!
How to Keep Strawberries From Going Moldy
- Fill a large bowl with water and 1-2 capfuls of vinegar (choose based on the size of your bowl).
- Take your strawberries in their basket, plastic clamshell, or a sieve.
- Dunk in to fully submerge.
- Lift out and drain.
- Refrigerate until ready to use. No need to rinse before using and you won’t be able to taste the vinegar. (I even tried the procedure with a higher concentration to see if I could taste it. Barely if at all. You’re going to be just fine as written or even a smidgeon stronger.) They will keep for DAYS and DAYS. A week and a half even instead of giving up the ghost on day two. It’s kind of a modern miracle in the modern miracle of my fridge.Strawberries that don’t mold with just a little bit of vinegar, pretty remarkable. And it takes a LOT less time than fishing out the moldy and trying to pick out the good ones to save. I know I’m never going back to the guesswork of “will the strawberries last in the fridge?” Now with a quick vinegar dunk they always, always do.