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Tips for Storing Fresh Berries

By Stacy Fraser | June 6, 2019 | EatingWell

Fresh berries are most delicious during the summer, so haul in the bounty! They’re one of the most perishable fruits, so it pays to know how to store them.

Sort berries first.
First, remove fresh berries from their container and sort them as soon as you can. Eat any gently bruised ones right away—they’re super-ripe and the tastiest. Compost any that show signs of mold.

Don’t wash them unless you want to eat them immediately.
Skip washing until you’re ready to use them. If you wash them too soon, berries absorb the moisture and start to rot. Wait until just before eating to wash.

Store berries according to how soon you want to use them.
1 day: Keep them at room temperature. If you’re planning to use all your berries in a day, just keep them in a shallow container on the counter—room-temperature berries have the best flavor.

5 days: Store them in the refrigerator. Berries will stay fresh for about five days when stored at temperatures between 36° and 40°F. Returning them to their original packaging after sorting is fine, but they’ll stay fresh longer if moved to a shallow container where they can be spread into a single layer instead of stacked; loosely cover with a clean towel.

1 year: Go for the freezer. When you have a lot of berries, they’ll last the longest in the freezer. Lightly rinse and gently but thoroughly pat dry. (For strawberries, remove the hulls.) Place on a tray and freeze in a single layer until solid; then transfer to airtight containers.

This article was written by Stacy Fraser from EatingWell and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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