How to Keep Your Berries Fresh

Berry season is here and it’s time to enjoy all those sweet, luscious strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. But if you’re trying to stretch each grocery dollar, you won’t want to end up throwing your money away.

Berries are a super food, but they’re delicate. How often have you spent $5.00 on a basket of berries only to discover they’re growing fuzzy mold the next day, then end up throwing these precious gems away? Protect your investment with vinegar!

VINEGAR RINSE

Fresh RaspberriesBathe your berries in diluted vinegar as soon as you bring them home. Prepare a mixture of one part white or apple cider vinegar with 10 parts water. You won’t taste the vinegar since it’s so diluted. Rinse berries, then swirl them in this solution for one full minute:

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar, white or apple cider
  • 1 1/4 cups water

For more berries, double the dose and use:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Vinegar kills the mold spores and other bacteria that are on the surface of the berries. They’ll stay mold-free, plump and firm for a week or more, so now you can stock up when they’re on sale!

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: Do not soak for more than a minute or you’ll lose valuable water-soluble vitamins.) Drain, and rinse if desired, then store them in the fridge.

How Washing Your Clothes Can Make Them Dirtier

Pre-washing machine era. Women used straw to cushion their knees.

Clothes washer technology has reduced the drudgery of scrubbing clothes to get them clean — much nicer than the days of pounding or rubbing the clothing on rocks in a river or against a corrugated wash board. But even the high efficiency, highest tech agitators need your helping hand. Otherwise, washing your clothes can actually make them dirtier.

Wash Before Wearing

First, always wash new clothes before wearing them. New fabric finishes contain formaldehyde, fragranced starches, and insecticides. Soak them in one cup or more of baking soda before washing them to neutralize these potentially allergenic chemicals.   Continue reading “How Washing Your Clothes Can Make Them Dirtier”