Strawberries are one of the most underrated and healthy fruits in the world, with the ability to aid the body in ways most people don’t fully understand.
These humble red berries are rich in antioxidants and might keep cancer cells from multiplying, according to Healthline.com.
Other compounds in strawberries might slow down the speed at which the nervous system ages.
These berries may even help in the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and other diseases that may result from the loss of nerve function over time.
When found growing wild, strawberries are typically the size of a thimble, but these berries also have similar health benefits.
If you’re buying strawberries from the store, be sure to buy organic whenever possible.
Non-organic strawberries may be cheap, but they also may contain any number of toxic pesticides, as they were ranked number one on the Dirty Dozen’s 2021 list from the Environmental Working Group.
How to Make Your Strawberries Last for Weeks on End
Aside from the many health benefits of organic strawberries, the good news is that these popular berries can last a lot longer than most people realize when stored in one unique way in the fridge.
The information was shared in a popular blog post from Jillian, the creator of the website Food, Folks and Fun.
It has taken Pinterest by storm since it was first released.
The first method for keeping strawberries longer is the glass jar method.
Simply place your strawberries in a mason jar and set them in the fridge. This method works exceptionally well!
The second method is the strawberry vinegar wash method.
To do this you will need:
-1/2 cup white vinegar (always buy organic white vinegar like this one because regular white vinegar is oftentimes made from GMO corn)
-5 cups of filtered water or spring water
The strawberries were placed in this solution for five minutes, then drained and gently patted dry with paper towels.
Lastly, they were placed in a paper towel-lined bowl and left uncovered in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
This method was tested against strawberries in a regular container as well as strawberries in a glass jar to see how long each method made them last.
After one week, the results were undeniable: the vinegar and glass jar methods really do work.
After week two, the berries in their original container had wilted significantly.
The vinegar ones were still ripe and edible, but the glass jar berries stood out.
As the third week rolled around, a clear winner was revealed in this high-stakes berry saving contest.
According to Jillian, the glass jar ones were by far the best, although a few had become somewhat fermented.
The vinegar solution soaked berries were only suitable for making jam, she said, while the original container berries were overripe, and only lasted one week tops.
The glass jar method is the best according to this experiment, and appears as if it does a much better job of keeping strawberries fresh than regular containers.
You may also want to try experimenting with vinegar in your glass mason jars as well.
Considering the amazing health benefits above, it’s a no brainer: these glass jars are worth their weight in gold, much like the strawberries they keep fresh.
Be sure to order some mason jars of your own, or vinegar if you’d like to try the other method.
Until next time, stay healthy and keep living smart!