Prep and store your fruit for easy eating all week with this simple vinegar fruit wash!
My kids LOVE fruit, especially berries, and for that I am grateful! Strawberries are one of the staples in our house. After a year of cleaning and slicing strawberries multiple times a day, I thought there must be a better way! Now, I do one more thing after grocery shopping that has made my life so much easier.
I spend 20 minutes washing and prepping, then our strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and other fruit are clean and ready to enjoy for the whole week. We love to throw on top of yogurt or use them to make Strawberry Smoothie Bowls or our Favorite Green Smoothie!
We store berries in glass containers and pull them out as needed for snacks, school lunches or as part of our meals at home! My friend introduced me to this practice and I am forever grateful. For more cool tips like this one browse our tips page!
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Vinegar Fruit Wash
Vinegar Fruit Wash works for:
Do not soak raspberries - keep them refrigerated and wait to wash them until just before eating! They are too fragile and will turn to mush if you wash them too early.
Does soaking fruit in vinegar wash make it last longer?
According to Best Food Facts, washing fruit in vinegar does not extend the shelf-life. Removing bacteria and mold spores will help your fruit to last longer, and doing so is better for you! Vinegar does help kill mold spores, so washing in a vinegar bath isn't a bad idea. Washing fruit with clean water will remove 98% of bacteria.
Should I do vinegar wash for Strawberries?
Strawberries tend to get moldy faster if I don't do the vinegar wash, so always wash them right away. If you don't plan to eat strawberries right away, wait to wash them until just before you plan to eat them. The same goes for blueberries.
How to Wash and Prep Fruit
- Add four parts lukewarm or cool water and one part vinegar to a large bowl. You can also use your sink if it is very clean.
- Remove fruit from the vinegar and water and allow it to dry on paper towels. Dry the fruit completely before storing.
- Optional: cut stems off of strawberries and slice them in half.
- Cut off any mushy parts or spots that look like they could be going moldy.
- Store fruit in glass containers that have lids or cover with plastic wrap.
Enjoy fruit all week. It's now ready to be thrown on top of salads, yogurt, smoothie bowls, or onto the plates of toddlers! Hooray!
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Vinegar Fruit Wash
- Paper Towels
- 1 part Distilled White Vinegar
- 4 parts Water
- Fill a large bowl with three parts cool water, one part distilled white vinegar.
- Add strawberries, blueberries or grapes to the bowl and soak them for 10-20 minutes.
- Lay paper towels or kitchen towels on the counter and spread the fruit out on the towels to dry.
- Dry fruit completely.
- Cut stems off of strawberries and slice them. (optional)
- Store your prepped fruit in glass containers in the fridge and enjoy having them ready to eat at a moment's notice.
- Instead of soaking in a bowl, you can use your sink if it is very clean.
- Always dry the fruit completely before storing.