How to Make Fresh Strawberries Last Longer

by Sherri on May 10, 2014 · 43 comments · Do it Yourself, Household Tips


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How to Make Fresh Strawberries Last Longer

I am so excited about picking fresh strawberries soon. There is nothing better! Except when you pick them and they get moldy and yucky after just a day.

I learned this little tip that I wanted to share with you to easily get your fresh strawberries to last over a week in the refrigerator.

All you need is cold water and white vinegar :-) The vinegar kills mold spores that are on the berries. And there is no taste of vinegar left on the strawberries either.

Just mix 2 cups of cold water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a large bowl and soak your fresh strawberries in it for about 20 minutes!

How to Make Fresh Strawberries Last Longer

Drain in a colander and then lay the strawberries on a towel or paper towels to dry.

How to Make Fresh Strawberries Last Longer

Store them in a bowl in the refrigerator. Mine have lasted more than a week and probably longer if we didn’t eat them that fast.

I am sharing this recipe at some of these great Weekly Linky Parties.

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Kara May 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Does this work for all berries? I’ve noticed my ripe raspberries grow mold too quickly.

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Sherri May 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I would think so :-)

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Rachel Kathyg @ onlinesisterhood May 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Great tip! pinned. Thanks so much for sharing. found at skip to my lou linky. have a great week.

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Sherri May 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Thanks so much!

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Trish May 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

giving this a try this week! thanks for sharing on MBYM.

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Mallory May 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm

this is a good tip to know! Thanks for sharing!

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Cynthia L May 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

What a great idea! I have been throwing strawberries away and know I won’t have to! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

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Jessica May 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

What a great tip. I’m definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing. :)

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Meme @ Makign Healthy a Lifestyle May 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

Thank you so much for sharing this great tip! Will definitely try this out when I get my strawberries this weekend!

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Karen @ From the Garden Table May 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I am counting the days until strawberry season too! This is awesome that I can extend there “fridge life” so I don’t have go crazy trying to get them used before they get yucky.

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SheilaG @ Plum Doodles May 13, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Good to know! I just had to throw away some strawberries. :(

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Lana May 14, 2014 at 2:22 am

Thanks for this tip. Strawberries don’t last long in my house, but I hate to throw any away!

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Elizabeth May 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thank you! I love strawberries, but hate it when they start to wither and look sad. I will try this!

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Janet Olson May 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

Thank you!!! I’m the only one in the house that eats strawberries. I l.o.v.e. them but sometimes….. No more.

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Carie Spence May 16, 2014 at 8:09 am

I have heard this tip in passing before but was worried about the vinegar taste so it makes me happy to hear you say that you can’t taste it at all. Will def try it now! Thanks!

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Karen May 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

Thanks for the great tip! I’m pinning and will be trying this on the next batch of fresh strawberries.

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Lisa | A Merry Mom May 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

Thanks for the tip! We love strawberries, but sometimes I tell the kids not to eat them because I’m saving them to make something, then I don’t find the time to use them before they start to go bad. Pinned so I can try this.

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Jess @HungryHarps May 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Thank for the great tip! I buy a huge tray of strawberries from our local farmer, but we are always in a hurry to finish them before they go bad. Thank you for sharing at #GetHimFed Fridays, hope you have a nice weekend!

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Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life May 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this with all of our Let’s Get Real readers. I know that I cry when I get fresh berries and find out that they have turned to mold overnight. What a waste! You have saved us from quite a lot of tears this berry season.

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Debi @ Life Currents May 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Stopping in from Let’s Get Real Blog Hop; How totally amazing! I was given a whole flatof berries once and had to use them before they went bad. Unfortunately, I lost a few. Wish I had known this! Thanks for sharing at the hop!

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Julie May 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Thanks for the great tip. Am always looking for ways to help us reduce food waste. Found you at Let’s Get Real.

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Stephanie May 16, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again next week!

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Elvira May 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

I had heard this somewhere already but completely forgot about it. Going to pin this, as I had to throw away some very unpleasantly mushy strawberries yesterday.

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Jess May 17, 2014 at 8:39 pm

What a neat tip! I had no idea! I’ve pinned it!

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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Nicole @ Family Table Treasures May 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Thanks for the tip. I will definitely be trying this. We love strawberries but it’s not often that we get to eat the whole package before some go bad. Pinning!

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Danita @O Taste And See May 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for stopping by Family Fun Friday. You were featured this week. Hope you’ll stop by and link up again Friday. Have a great weekend.

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Adelina Priddis May 22, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for the tip! We don’t have pick your own strawberry places here, but I’ll give it a try with my store bought :) Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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Sherri May 23, 2014 at 9:19 am

I have been soaking my store bought strawberries too :-) Works just as well.

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Stephanie Kay May 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm

This is a great tip! I always end up throwing out berries because they become a science project in my fridge waiting to be eaten. Looks like my Family Fun Friday co-host, Danita, loved it as much as I did. I also featured you as a frugal idea – “waste not, want not.” :)

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Sherri May 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

Thank you so much! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Chrystal @ YUMeating May 23, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Good to know! I am planting strawberries this year. I’ve missed having them. I tend to can a lot when it’s to the point I have too many or the ones in the house are about to go bad. Now, I can keep them a little longer. Thanks for linking at The Yuck Stops Here. I do hope you will link again next week!

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Laura@Baking in Pyjamas May 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm

What a great tip, I hate it when my strawberries go bad the day after I buy them. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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