I love getting practical, inexpensive tips using items I already have in my home! Recently, at an Apples of Gold mentoring night, a new friend shared a tip for extending the freshness of produce. And all it takes is water and apple cider vinegar – one of my favorite natural products! Apple cider vinegar has so many beneficial qualities and I’ll be sharing them with you soon. Today I want to highlight this simple method of washing vegetables and fruit.
When trying to incorporate more vegetables and fruits they sometimes go bad just from sitting around in the refrigerator too long. Easy to do when we aren’t in the habit, quite yet, of using them daily. To extend their shelf life simply put some fresh water into a large stock pot. Add one half cup of apple cider vinegar – preferably raw, unpasteurized – with what is called the “mother”. Or what I just call “floaties”! Braggs is the brand I use the most. Place any produce such as apples, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, broccoli, carrots, etc. into the water. If the produce floats place a plate on top of them to keep them submerged. Let them soak for ten minutes and then rinse. Allow to air dry or pat dry and then place in whatever container you like to use. This soak takes the wax off apples, kills whatever mold or bacteria is on strawberries and grapes, etc. These will all stay fresh and crisp much longer, maintaining their flavor as well. When I think of all the strawberries I’ve tossed from getting moldy, I wish I’d known this before now! I’ll be saving money instead of trashing my produce and I hope you will too. It’s already expensive to buy vegetables and fruit, especially if organic, so let’s make them last by using this simple tip!