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How to stop the rot

IT’S summer all year round in Tenerife, and fruit salads and fresh berries are plentiful. You can find strawberries in your local grocery and farmers’ market, but, no matter how fresh you get them, berries always seem to go bad after a few days at home.

It doesn’t seem to matter how quickly you eat them, there always tend to be a few leftovers in the container, turning fuzzy and slimy.

Luckily, however, farmers have finally offered some advice on how to keep strawberries fresh for longer. Learn this simple technique, and you’ll never have to face a smelly, mushy, half-rotten carton of strawberries again!

Strawberries are one of the finest fruits, but they are one of the hardest to keep fresh. There’s something about this ground-dwelling plant that makes them difficult to keep delicious after harvesting.

While on the vine, they are easily accessible to insects, but also to any and all bacteria that dwell above the soil. Strawberries are extremely susceptible to disease and fungi, so even when you wash away the dust and dirt, you might be leaving behind a more destructive evil.

These lingering bacteria and fungi can turn your beautiful supply of bright, happy strawberries into miserable, squishy messes, overnight. This means that you not only need to rinse off the dirt, but you also need to disinfect your strawberries!

While it might sound like a daunting, possibly-toxic task, disinfecting your strawberries is much easier (and safer) than cleaning your house. You simply need to grab a few things that are most likely to be already in your kitchen:

*A large bowl (or bucket)

*A strainer (colander, salad spinner, steamer, etc)

*Vinegar

*Clean, filtered water

*Paper towels

*Clean container with breathing holes

*As many strawberries as you desire

Start by placing as many strawberries as you want (or will fit) in your large bowl. You want to be sure they don’t go as high as the top of the bowl, because you’re going to be submerging all the berries. You want to be sure your bowl is big enough to hold both berries and liquid.

Next, mix one part vinegar with five parts water in the bowl. For instance, if you use one cup of vinegar, you want to add five cups of water. Be sure to completely cover the strawberries.

They sometimes have a tendency to float, so, if this happens, you can either weigh them down or give the bowl a few good stirs.

You want every berry to soak in the water and vinegar mixture for three to five minutes, at the very least. Because vinegar is a natural and potent disinfectant, letting the strawberries sit in the mixture will allow the bacteria and fungi to be rinsed off and killed. Don’t worry about the berries tasting like vinegar afterwards – it’ll wash off easily.

Once the berries have soaked for a satisfactory amount of time, strain the liquid out and shake off as much excess water as possible. You want the strawberries to be as dry as possible, because the liquid is another cause of rotten strawberries. Moisture is the perfect place for fungi and bacteria to find a home, so you want to use the paper towels to dry your strawberries, or lay them out so they can properly air dry.

Again, make sure the berries are perfectly dry, before placing them in a container and refrigerating them.

Keeping them fresher for longer will increase your pleasure in eating them, and save you from throwing out untold amounts of wasted strawberries. Just remember to keep them clean, disinfected, and dry!

 

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