How To Clean And Keep Strawberries Fresh With Vinegar

Hello Friends,
            Fruits and veggies you buy at the grocery store may look clean, but there's always a chance it’s contaminated with bacteria and bits of dirt. Washing will help remove bacteria from the surface of fruit and vegetables. Most of the bacteria will be in the soil attached to the fruits and veggies.
When you wash fruits and vegetables, wash them under running tap water. Give your fruits a good rinse and use your fingers to rub away dirt or other residues. Dry them with a clean towel or paper towels. Do that, and you can feel confident your fruits are safe to eat. Strawberries grow close to the soil, and when we don't wash them properly, they'll get moldy quickly. So let's get started.
YouTube Video:
1) To clean strawberries without vinegar, you will need:
  • Strawberries 
  • Cold Water 
Instructions:
To Clean the Strawberries Using Cold Water:
  • Discard berries that are mushy, moldy, and keep berries that have a deep red color(Don’t remove the stem before washing as that way the strawberries will absorb water).
  • Add cold water in a large clean bowl and add the strawberries, and clean them.
  • Keep moving them gently with hands, making sure each one gets washed.
  • Dry the strawberries: pat them dry with a paper towel gently.
  • Once pat dry, then spread them on a clean kitchen towel. 
Do I need to rinse strawberries with vinegar if I'm making jam?
       Washing in cold water should be fine if you're making jam.






To Clean Strawberries using the Vinegar you will need:
  • Strawberries 
  • Cold Water 3 Cups
  • Vinegar 1 cup
To Clean the Strawberries Using Vinegar:
  • Discard berries that are mushy, moldy, and keep berries that have a deep red color(Don’t remove the stem before washing as that way the berries will absorb water).
  • Add cold water 3 Cups and vinegar 1 Cup in a clean bowl(you may use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar) and mix well.
  • Dump the strawberries into the solution and leave it for 1-2 minutes.
  • Again quick clean under tap water.
  • The pH of the vinegar does the job of killing the bacteria and removing any residue. 
  • It also helps your strawberries last longer without going bad for up to a week in the refrigerator.
  • Dry the strawberries: pat them dry with a paper towel gently.
  • Once pat dry, then spread them on a clean kitchen towel. 
Will the vinegar bath remove harmful bacteria?
        If you leave the vinegar bath on for a minute or two and then rinse under tap water, it will kill the bacteria.



How To Cut the Strawberries:
  • Cut the tops/head off the strawberries with a knife and don't cut the beautiful red part, just cut the raw, green or white piece off.
  • Cut the strawberries into round slices and again cut them into the half circle(Refer Video).
Is it right to wash them after I cut them?
          No, never do that. Wash them before you cut.
My Take:
  • Remove rotten or spoiled strawberries. 
  • Don’t wash them before you’re ready to use them, as they absorb water fast, which speeds up spoiling.
  • When left wet, berries start going bad fast. Even if they are left wet to air dry, they will absorb the water and taste less sweet.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!!!

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