The Secret to Keeping your Strawberries from Molding!

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Does it make you want to pull your hair out when you open your strawberry carton and a few of those precious babies have more hair than your husband?


It really irks me!

Our whole family adores popping a strawberry in their mouth for a sweet snack!

But often we forget about the carton of fresh expensive strawberries because somehow they migrate to the back of the fridge.

I found the solution.

And it’s tried and true!

I bought these beautiful strawberries 12 days ago!  Don’t they look perfect?

Here is the strawberry secret!

Wash them with vinegar!

  • When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar and ten parts water.
  • Dump the berries into the mixture in a bowl and swirl around.
  • Drain, rinse if you want, but not necessary.
  • Store in the fridge.

The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit.

Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.

And your so BERRY welcome for this frugal tip!  LOL!

Have you tried the strawberry secret yet?


  1. What an awesome tip! Now I can buy in bulk and have less to worry about.

  2. IT REALLY WORKS – and it works on ANY kind of berries – I already clean my kitchen with vinegar/water in a spray bottle, so I just give them a spray and rinse when I get them home!

  3. Lisa @CreativLEI says:

    Thanks for the great tip as we’re nearing berry season!

  4. hsmominmo says:

    Strawberry season is just around the corner here. I’ll be giving this tip a try! Thanks for sharing

  5. Does the vinegar affect the flavor at all? I’m going to have to try this!

  6. Thank you, vinegar is such a good old fashioned remedy for hundreds of things, this is a great share!

  7. Great tip! My mom taught me to use a vinegar wash to clean my fruit but I never knew that bit about the mold spores and how the vinegar does the trick to making them last longer. I think I’ll get a few more strawberry plants now!

  8. Katrina Morgan says:

    Going to try this today..we have containers of strawberries right now in fridge..

  9. Does it matter what kind of Vinegar? e.g.: apple cider vinegar is very fragrant, white vinegar not so much.

  10. Mark Rasmussen says:

    Can I make a bath in a bowl and bath raspberries then strawberries then blackberries or do I need to bath each fruit individually?

    • I have never tried it that way, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let us know how it works out for you.

  11. Marilyn Trudel says:

    Should we dry the berries before storing in fridge to help ward off spoiling?

    Speaking of vinegar, here is an AMAZING recipe to boost your berries’ berry flavour:

    4 Cups Strawberries
    1 1/2 Tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
    1 Teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    2 Teaspoons of sugar

    Cut off the stems and cut the berries in half. Place them in a bowl with the lemon juice, the sugar and balsamic vinegar. Mix them delicately.
    Allow them to rest 15 minutes and serve in individual cups.


  12. Sue Hull says:

    Ive never heard of that before. I need to buy some vinegar. I hate the stuff so I never buy it. I usually eat them before mold hits them. Its just me so I just buy the small basket. If the big basket is on sale I buy it and give some to my daughter. My 2 yr old granddaughter loves them.
    Thank you for the great tip! Definitely going to tell my sisters and my mom.

  13. I just came home with two flats of strawberries which I had planned to preserve tomorrow. Well, my dear husband decided to change plans for tomorrow which means I probably won’t get to them until Monday! Thanks for the tip!

  14. How do you store them in the fridge? Also do they need too dry first? ☺

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