Summer berry season is precious and fleeting. It can be pricey, too, particularly if you are buying good-quality organic berries. So it pays to take care of those beloved reds and blues.

Here’s how:

– Store berries loosely covered in a single layer in the refrigerator. Keeping them in their small, plastic “clamshell” containers is a good option as well since it allows for ventillation.

– Wait to wash berries until just before eating. If you are just having a handful, only wash that handful. Most berries are porous and absorb water, which hastens the development of mold. They will last longer if you keep them dry.

– Wash berries by putting them into a colander and rinsing gently with water. A sink spray nozzle is ideal.

- Avoid piling a large amoung of berries into a deep bowl. They are delicate and will fare better in a shallow bowl so the ones on the bottom don’t get crushed.

Most berries only last a couple of days so use them up while you can. If your kids are anything like mine, this won’t be much of a problem. Berries in our house usually get gobbled up before I can even get them into the fridge.

Got any “Hot Tips” of your own. I’d love to hear them so please share!

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  1. 03.13.2013 at 1:26 PM #

    Great tips! I did a video about this actually!

    One additional tip? If your berry has a top, like strawberries, don’t remove the cap until after you’ve rinsed them. Sadly a lot of people do this an end up washing out all the sweet flavor.

    Thanks for the post and keep them up!

    • katiemorford
      03.13.2013 at 2:07 PM #

      Thanks Strawberry Sue! Appreciate that extra tidbit.

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