How To Wash & Store Berries

How To Wash & Store Berries

Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries. Summertime means there are a plethora of berries to choose from in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. A relatively delicate produce, we’ve got the best ways to select, store and prep your berries the right way. 

Buying Berries

Flip the container over and check the bottom to make sure there are no mushy berries, discoloration or mold. Purchasing from a farmer’s market is a great way to ensure peak freshness and longer shelf life.

Storing Berries

While some produce can be washed as soon as you get home from the store, do not wash your berries until you are ready to use them. The best way to store them is in the refrigerator. Berries should be eaten as soon as possible, they usually last between five days to a week.

Washing Berries

You always want to wash all of your produce, even if it is organic. While a good rinse with water will get rid of some dirt, we recommend Arm & Hammer Fruit & Vegetable Wash. This Safer Choice Certified produce wash safely eliminates pesticides, wax and soil. Place your berries in a colander or strainer and thoroughly spray with the fruit & vegetable wash. Gently swirl around to make sure all berries are covered and let sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse the fruit to wash away dirt and pesticides. Layout in a single layer on a paper towel to gently dry. 

Freezing Berries

Berries freeze incredibly well. After washing and drying, transfer the berries to a freezer-safe bag in a single layer and freeze. Frozen berries are great in smoothies and juices.