Fresh Strawberries: Vinegar Wash Prevents Mold Growth
ROGERS, AR — There is nothing like the smell of a fresh strawberry. Just thinking about the red, ripe, symbol of summer deliciousness makes my mouth water.
The price is right, too, as you can find containers of strawberries for around $2 at Walmart. They’re not quite as fresh as the wild strawberries I used to pick with grandma in the hollows (okay, hollers) of Northeastern Oklahoma, but then again, those strawberries are dusted with the magic sprinkles of carefree childhood memories.
The worst thing about strawberries is reaching into the produce drawer of my refrigerator to extract the fraises (as the French call them) and find they are covered with mold! Yes, I buy them, I intend to bake a cake or muffins, or cut them into a crust and glaze them for a tart, but time passes and, well, mold grows.
My husband, Jesse Flowers, got tired of it too, so he was searching the pantry one day and said, “Hey, we have distilled white vinegar.”
Somehow, he remembered his grandma or some female family member using white vinegar to prevent or slow mold growth on produce and fruit.
Jesse used his head and got down to business. He soaked some strawberries in the vinegar for a few minutes, then rinsed them, patted them dry with a paper towel, and returned them to the refrigerator.
About a week and a half later, I wanted fresh strawberries with breakfast. I reached into the produce drawer and discovered perfect, smooth, delicious, totally edible red berries.
So today, I got out the white vinegar, my trusty yellow plastic colander I have had since before I got married in 1989, and the strawberries. I purchased this batch of berries on Monday, and don’t want to throw them – or my money – in the trash.
Post a comment and let me know how this distilled white vinegar trick works for you.
Lana F. Flowers is a gifted Arkansas reporter who can handle news about Walmart and retail, movie and book reviews, human interest stories, features and anything else you'd care to mention. She lives in Rogers, Ark., with her husband Jesse, daughter Layla, cats Lottie Boots and Emmy, and dog Fuzzy. Send an email -- firstname.lastname@example.org