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Fresh Strawberries: Vinegar Wash Prevents Mold Growth

By: 1 May 2013 2 Comments
Lana April 2013

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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.

Bathe and rinse strawberries in a little cheap, distilled white vinegar. It keeps the mold at bay and keeps you from throwing produce - and cash - in the trash.

Photo by Lana F. Flowers Bathe and rinse strawberries in a little cheap, distilled white vinegar. It keeps the mold at bay and keeps you from throwing produce – and cash – in the trash.

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.

Fresh, red, tasty strawberries bathed briefly in white wine vinegar remain mold- and mildew-free. Then, the berries complement mini biscuits, eggs and turkey sausage on a nutritious, colorful breakfast plate.

Photo by Lana F. Flowers Fresh, red, tasty strawberries bathed briefly in white wine vinegar remain mold- and mildew-free. Then, the berries complement mini biscuits, eggs and turkey sausage on a nutritious, colorful breakfast plate.

About: Lana F. Flowers:
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 -- fashionablewords@yahoo.com

2 Comments »

  • insurance said:

    You are so interesting! I do not think I’ve truly read through a single thing like that before. So nice to discover another person with some unique thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that is required on the internet, someone with a little originality!

  • H. Johnson said:

    Ok, it is very creative and may be it is also useful. But the thought of eating strawberries, soaked in vinegar is not very appealing to me. I know that you can use vinegar to clean almost your whole house, but for strawberries? Don’t they lose their sweetness or at least their smell?

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