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 at 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 Bowlsor ourFavorite 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 Channing 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 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, however will help your fruit to last longer and doing so is better for you! Vinegar does help kill mold spores though, 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 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
- Large bowl
- 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.
Can I uses the 4 to1 fruit wash on oranges. I discovered a lump of a spoiled mandarin orange in my refrigerator yesterday. My daughter says use bleach instead of vinegar. Hope you can respond quickly
This is very helpful!
A great idea. Beats washing one bunch at a time. Thanks
The instructions say to use three parts water to one part vinegar, but every other place on this page including the igredients says to use four parts water to one part vinegar.
Hi! I have been wanting to try this for a few months because all my fruit goes bad so quickly (hubs buys it from Costco but it doesn’t last long enough to eat). I was wondering if you would use the same mixture for more than once in a day? I have berries and then grapes, but it won’t all fit in one. I know I can make more, but I can’t always run out and get more vinegar. Also, would you keep the grapes on the vine during the soak?
Thank you so much for sharing!
Hey Jenee! Yes, you can use the same bath back to back, that should be fine. I typically pick my grapes off before but that is personal preference, keeping them on should work fine as well!
This article is so useful! I have been aware that I need to store my fruits (and vegetables) in a more efficient way and this has been one of the few really practical articles that I’ve come across in my research :)
You just made our day! Thanks so much Jenna!
The recipe says 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar, but you said 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar above the recipe.
Either would work fine, but I do 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar. Thanks for noting that, we will fix it!
You saved my fruit thank you!!
This is a great idea and I love doing it all at once.