Tip for Fruit That Spoils Too Quickly

Here’s a tip from a reader that works for her…

Berries are delicious, but they’re also kind of delicate and can get that fuzzy mold fairly easily.

Here’s a tip I’m sharing on how to prevent them from getting that in the first place:

Wash them with vinegar.

·      When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider probably work best) and ten parts water.
·      Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around.
·      Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar)
·      Pop in the fridge.
·      The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.

You’re so berry welcome!

Food Safety Starts with Food Shopping

About the Author:  I have spent the last 30 plus years in the Food Service Industry and have held many food safety certifications.  I would like to take my professional experience and transform it to home use.  We will start our journey at the very beginning.

Food Safety starts with food shopping.  Always plan to go straight home after food shopping. The time food spends out of the refrigerator all adds up to an hour to two hour shopping trip.   Time and temperature abuse is a large problem.  My personal belief is to shop at the large chain store and not at the small Mom and Pop store.  Large chain stores have   multi-million dollar brand names to protect so they spend a lot of time and money on food safety.Hooksett Community Kitchen, food safety, helping the hungry, helping families stay healthy, free suppers, free dinners, free meals in NH, free meals in Hooksett, Hooksett NH

I always purchase my non-perishable goods first and then purchase my refrigerated and frozen items last.  Why?  Because time and temperature are key to food shopping and are commonly abused.   Food has been time and temperature abused anytime it has been allowed to remain for too long at the temperatures favorable for the growth of micro-organisms.

Another time and temperature are abused is food left out of your fridge like when my teenager makes a sandwich and forgets to put back the mayonnaise or sandwich meat back in the fridge.

The greatest danger to food safety are food born illnesses.  A food born illness is a disease that is carried or transmitted to people by food.  Each year millions of people become ill from food born illness although the majority of cases are not reported. 

Here are the most commonly reported causes of food born illness.
     >failure to properly cool foods
     >failure to cook and hold food at the proper temperature
     >poor personal hygiene

Look for my next article on food storage.

Chef Bill 

The Hooksett Community Kitchen provides free meals to anyone wishing to attend every third Monday of the month from 5 pm to 7 pm.