It’s peak time to buy delicious fresh berries. But what good is buying berries on sale if they wind up in the garbage before you’ve had a chance to finish them? The bacteria on all kinds of berries cause them to rot rather quickly. So this is what you need to do…

As soon as you get the berries home, bathe them in a bowl of three parts water to one part distilled white vinegar. After about 30 seconds, rinse them with cold water, dry them thoroughly and refrigerate them. The vinegar mixture will kill off the bacteria and give you a few more days to enjoy them. No need to rinse them again before eating—there is no hint of vinegar taste whatsoever.

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