For another money-saving tip, visit this post about keeping Cream and Half 'n Half fresher!
I want to say right at the beginning that this tip does NOT involve vinegar in any way. Most of the tips that are out there for keeping fruit and produce fresh involve using a vinegar wash. I don't like that idea, and I'm betting most of you don't either...so read away on how to do this without adding acid to your fruit.
So how does it work?
2) Next, DO NOT wash your Fruit before storing. Do not remove the stem, either. (Do both of these things before consuming the fruit, however).
3) If there are any bruised or spoiling fruits, do not include them in the jar.
4) Finally, keep it in the fridge. In the coldest part, if possible.
How long can you expect your fruit to last?
~Strawberries: at least a week. Even longer if they weren't over-ripe to begin with.
~Blueberries: Two weeks, and possibly even longer if they are very fresh when you bottle them up.
~Raspberries: 4-5 days, and possibly longer if firm to start with.
~Blackberries: up to 2 weeks easily.
Keep in mind that the fruit will not spoil, or at least not mold, in this condition. If you are in question about the freshness of your fruit, open the jar and smell it. If it smells rank, or like alcohol, toss it! The humidity inside the jar will keep mold from forming, so it will not appear to be spoiled as it normally would be in the original container in the fridge, or on your kitchen counter.
I have been doing this for 17 years, and it has saved me a lot of money and heartache over spoiled produce.
And guess what? I also do it for my lettuce! It really does work!!
Just remember...don't ever wash your produce before putting it in the jar. Washing destroys the natural antibiotic properties of the produce that keep it from spoiling. Don't forget to wash before eating, though!
This is life-changing, right? I know. I was right there with you 17 years ago. You're welcome!
For a recipe to use for fresh berries, check out my recipe for quick and easy Cheesecake Trifle.