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Strawberries spoil quickly – farmer shares nifty tricks to keep them fresh longer
This is how to get your money's worth on produce.
D.G. Sciortino

There’s nothing better than having fresh fruit in the house.

The only problem with fresh produce is that it’s shelf life isn’t very long.

And if your market doesn’t have good produce you can be SOL and stuck with moldy fruits and vegetables in your fridge within two days.


But it’s important for us to keep fresh produce in our house because they are healthy for us and filled with life-giving nutrients.

Strawberries are especially packed with healthy vitamins and minerals.

Strawberries have antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, potassium, manganese, fiber, and magnesium, according to Organic Facts.


Strawberries have also been attributed to improving eyesight and brain function, as well as easing high blood pressure, arthritis, gout, and several cardiovascular diseases.

Some have even linked strawberries with bolstering the immune system, as well as preventing some cancers and premature aging.

But you can’t get any of those awesome benefits if your strawberries spoiled and got all moldy and gross on you.

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So, we’re going to share some ways to make sure your strawberries stay fresh and edible in your refrigerator for longer.

The shelf life of your strawberries can last several days longer by using this hack.

Maybe even a week longer than they usually do when you take them home and put them in the refrigerator.

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There are three things that you’ll need to conduct this hack and make your strawberries last longer.

The good news is that you probably already have these three things in your house.

You’ll need some white vinegar, water, and a colander or salad spinner.

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First, you’ll want to pour one part of white vinegar into a large bowl with five parts of water.

This should amount to about a .5 cup of vinegar and 2.5 cups of water.

Soak your strawberries in this solution for about a few minutes.

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The vinegar will kill off any mold spores or bacteria that will cause your strawberries to spoil sooner.

Now it’s time to rinse your strawberries thoroughly.

You’ll be surprised at how gross the water looks when you’re done rinsing them.

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It’s important to dry your strawberries off thoroughly.

To do this, place some paper towels into your salad spinner and spin to dry.

You can also just let them air dry in your colander.


Getting rid of all that moisture is key to prevent them from getting moldy and spoiling.

You should store your strawberries in the refrigerator on top of a paper towel.

If you’re concerned about your strawberries tasting like vinegar using this method, don’t be!

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They’ll taste fine if you rinse them well enough.

There are also other measures you can take to prolong shelf life.

The Kitchn recommends leaving the stems of your strawberries on until you’re about to eat them. So, no de-stemming. Just pull them off as you eat or prepare.

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It’s also important to watch your strawberries for spoilage as the days go on.

If you see even one berry that’s going bad or has a little mold on it, get rid of it.

This will prevent the mold and spoilage from spreading to the rest of your strawberries. With these tips, you should be able to get your money’s worth and enjoy all of your strawberries without them going bad.

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By D.G. Sciortino
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at