Washing Strawberries Vinegar
Washing Strawberries Vinegar
Strawberries are delicious, but they can be tricky to clean. There’s no need to worry, though: all you need is a bowl of vinegar and a few minutes of your time. Here’s how you do it!
1. Add water and vinegar to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Add water and vinegar to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Place the strawberries in the bowl, and then stir them so that they all get coated with the mixture.
- Let them soak in the mixture for one hour at room temperature on your countertop or overnight in the fridge if it’s more convenient, stirring every 15 minutes or so to make sure they’re completely submerged in liquid.. The acidity of vinegar will help loosen dirt and other debris from their surface as well as kill off any microbes that might be lurking there—but you’ll still want to wash them again after this step once you’ve drained off some of their liquid (see below).
- After an hour or two (depending on how dirty your berries are), drain off most of the vinegar mixture by pouring through a colander over another container lined with paper towels; squeeze gently with your hands as you go to release extra moisture from each berry into its own pile of mushy goodness before placing it back into another colander above yet another container lined with paper towels; repeat until no more excess liquid comes out when squeezed gently between gloved fingers! You can now place these berries directly into cold-water baths where they’ll sit overnight until ready for use tomorrow morning.”
2. Place strawberries in the solution for about two to three minutes.
- Place strawberries in the solution for about two to three minutes.
- Rinse them under cold running water and then pat dry with paper towels or a clean dishcloth, gently removing any dirt that may be stuck on the surface of your berries.
3. Remove berries from vinegar-water solution, then rinse under running water.
- Fill a large bowl or colander with about 1 inch of water and place it in the sink.
- Place the berries in the bowl, then pour vinegar over them until they’re completely covered by about an inch of vinegar-water solution.
- Let them sit for 10 minutes so that they can absorb some of the vinegar’s flavor, making them taste less bland when cooked.
- Drain berries from vinegar-water solution into another small bowl or colander, then rinse under running water to remove excess vinegar flavors starting at top right corner (as shown below). Run your fingers around edges where dirt may have collected during washing process; this will help you avoid accidentally including any particles in your final product!
- Pat strawberries dry with paper towel before placing into container that has been prepped with clean paper towels and left open on countertop (see photo above)*. Put lid on container immediately after putting berries inside; store refrigerated if you won’t be using right away.*Note: If storing overnight or longer than 2 days after washing strawberries, use plastic wrap instead since fruits tend get moldy faster than vegetables due to high humidity levels produced naturally inside refrigerator doors which trap moisture around foods placed within them (see photo below).
4. Pat dry with a paper towel before eating or storing.
Once you’ve washed your strawberries, pat them dry with a paper towel. Using any kind of cloth or absorbent material will cause the fruit to pick up excessive amounts of water and make them soggy. Additionally, don’t rinse your berries again before drying them—even after washing, some fruit may still be slightly damp from being sprayed by vinegar.
Finally, don’t wash your berries in water before patting them dry—this extra step is unnecessary and can lead to spoilage if not done correctly.
Use vinegar to wash your strawberries instead of anything else
There are many reasons to wash your produce with vinegar instead of soap or chemicals. Vinegar is naturally acidic, which makes it a natural disinfectant and preservative. It also has antioxidant properties that help prevent the food from oxidizing, which causes browning and spoiling. Vinegar can lighten some crops (like strawberries) by removing dirt and dust. And lastly—the most important reason—it’s non-toxic!
As long as you don’t let your fruit sit in the vinegar solution for too long (just a few minutes is fine), you should have no problems using this method to clean your strawberries or other produce at home.
Now that you know how to wash strawberries, you can enjoy them in plenty of delicious recipes. For example, try using the vinegar method to prep your berries before tossing them with sugar and vanilla extract for a tart dessert topping. Or whip up some strawberry jam!