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How To Clean Strawberries With An Inexpensive-Natural Solution

Learn how to clean strawberries with a simple, inexpensive, natural solution, and discover how to keep your strawberries fresh longer.


Using a simple vinegar and water solution is an inexpensive, natural way to clean strawberries and extend their shelf life.





Strawberries are a delightful treat, but their short shelf life can be frustrating. The joy of enjoying fresh, sweet strawberries is often cut short by the disappointment of finding them mushy, moldy, or lacking flavor shortly after their purchased. Today, Lia Rose Simply Home will demonstrate two methods to clean strawberries and keep them fresh using inexpensive, all-natural options.


If you're new to Lia Rose Simply Home, welcome! I hope you find useful tips and delicious recipes here. If you've been around for a while, you know my family and I love strawberries, especially when we can pick them ourselves during strawberry season. There are many delicious and inexpensive recipes you can prepare with fresh strawberries, like our strawberry cream cheese quick bread and our simple strawberry shortcake biscuits that take just minutes to prepare.


We picked a bunch of strawberries a couple of years ago, and I decided to make strawberry jam. Although I wanted to get started right away, life got in the way, and it was a few days before I could begin. So, I tried my grandmother's old method: soaking the strawberries in a vinegar and water solution to clean them and extend their shelf life. It worked! I love inexpensive, natural solutions, especially when they involve items I always have on hand like vinegar and baking soda.





Option one: Vinegar Bath

A vinegar bath cleans strawberries and extends their shelf life. The vinegar solution, typically a mix of one part vinegar to three parts water, naturally kills bacteria and mold spores on the surface of the berries. This process can prevent spoilage and keep strawberries fresh and vibrant longer. After the bath, it's important to rinse the strawberries thoroughly with water and dry them completely before storing them.


Option two: Baking Soda

Soaking strawberries in a solution with baking soda helps to remove dirt, pesticides, and other contaminants from the surface of the fruit. Baking soda acts as a natural cleaning agent, breaking down residues and making it easier to rinse them off. This method is effective and safe, helping to ensure that your strawberries are clean and safe to eat.


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You can also dry strawberries using a salad spinner. I bought my salad spinner on Amazon at a great price. Click the highlighted text to shop.



When storing strawberries it’s important to keep moisture away, wash them, let them air dry, and put them in a container with a paper towel. They will last at least a week in the refrigerator, if not longer, compared to just a couple of days in their original container. Storing strawberries wet will lead to several issues that can significantly reduce their shelf life and quality. Here's what typically happens when you store strawberries while they are still wet.





  1. Mold Growth: Moisture creates an ideal environment for mold to grow. Wet strawberries are more likely to develop mold, which can quickly spread and spoil the entire batch.

  2. Faster Spoilage: Excess moisture accelerates the decomposition process. Strawberries stored wet tend to become mushy and spoil much faster than dry ones.

  3. Loss of Texture and Flavor: Wet strawberries often become waterlogged, which can affect their texture and taste. They may lose their firm, juicy consistency and become soft and bland.

4. Bacterial Growth: Bacteria thrive in moist environments. Wet Strawberries are more susceptible to bacterial contamination, which can pose a risk to food safety.

5.  Staining and Leaking: Wet strawberries can leak juices, leading to stains and mess in your refrigerator or storage container.





What Are The Benefits Of Cleaning Strawberries With A Vinegar And Water Solution?


Cleaning strawberries with a vinegar and water solution offers several benefits:

1. Removes Pesticides: The vinegar solution helps to effectively remove pesticide residues from the strawberries.

2. Kills Bacteria: Vinegar has natural antibacterial properties, reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses.

3. Extends Freshness: Cleaning with vinegar can help prolong the freshness of strawberries by reducing mold and spoilage.

4. Enhances Cleanliness: The solution helps to wash away dirt and debris more thoroughly than water alone.

5. Improves Safety: It ensures that the strawberries are safer to eat, especially for those sensitive to contaminants.

Using a vinegar and water solution is a simple, natural way to clean strawberries and keep them fresh longer.





How To Clean Strawberries With Vinegar?


1. Prepare the Vinegar Solution: Mix one part white vinegar with three parts water in a large bowl.

2. Add the Strawberries: Place the strawberries in the vinegar solution. Make sure they are fully submerged.

3. Soak: Let the strawberries soak for about 5 minutes. The vinegar helps to kill bacteria and remove pesticide residues.

4. Rinse: Remove the strawberries from the vinegar solution and rinse them thoroughly under cold running water.

5. Dry: After the vinegar bath, place the strawberries on a clean kitchen towel to air dry. Once dry, transfer them to a paper towel-lined container.


What Are The Benefits Of Cleaning Strawberries With Baking Soda?


Giving strawberries a bath in baking soda and water offers several benefits:

1. Removes Pesticides: Baking soda helps break down and remove pesticide residues on the strawberries' surface.

2. Eliminates Dirt and Bacteria: The solution effectively washes away dirt, bacteria, and other contaminants.

3. Natural and Non-Toxic: Baking soda is a natural and non-toxic cleaning agent, making it safe for both the strawberries and you.

4. Maintains Freshness: Cleaning the strawberries thoroughly can help extend their freshness by removing substances that might cause spoilage.

5. Cost-Effective: Baking soda is inexpensive and readily available, making this method an affordable way to clean strawberries.





How To Clean Strawberries With Baking Soda


1. Prepare the Solution: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 2 cups of water in a large bowl.

2. Add the Strawberries: Place the strawberries in the baking soda solution, ensuring they are fully submerged.

3. Soak: Let the strawberries soak for about 5 minutes. The baking soda helps to remove dirt, bacteria, and pesticide residues.

4. Rinse: Remove the strawberries from the solution and rinse them thoroughly under cold running water to remove any baking soda residue.

5. Dry: After the baking soda bath, place the strawberries on a clean kitchen towel to dry. Once dry, transfer them to a paper towel-lined container. This method is an effective alternative to vinegar for cleaning strawberries.




Keeping Strawberries Fresh


Once your strawberries are clean, you'll want to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Here are some tips:


1. Dry Thoroughly: Excess moisture can lead to mold growth. Ensure your strawberries are completely dry before storing them.


2. Use a Paper Towel Lined Container: Store strawberries uncovered. A shallow container lined with paper towels can help absorb any excess moisture.


3. Do Not Hull Until Ready to Eat: Keep the stems on the strawberries until you're ready to eat them. Hulling (removing the stems) can expose the fruit to more air and moisture, accelerating moisture.


4. Store in the Refrigerator: Place the container in the refrigerator's crisper drawer. This area is usually the most humid part of the fridge, ideal for storing fresh produce.


5. Check Regularly: Periodically check your stored strawberries for any signs of mold or spoilage. Remove any spoiled berries immediately to prevent them from affecting the others.


6. Freeze for Long-Term Storage: If you have more strawberries than you can consume in a few days, consider freezing them. Wash and dry the berries, hull them, and then spread them out on a baking sheet to freeze them individually. Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight freezer bag.


By following these simple steps, you can enjoy clean, fresh strawberries for a longer period. Proper cleaning with vinegar not only ensures your strawberries are safe to eat but also helps them taste their best. Meanwhile, correct storage techniques will keep them fresh and delicious, reducing waste and making the most of this delightful fruit.


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