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Old 09-10-2018, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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This one -- quick vinegar wash - always works for me on strawberries.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Put numbing gel on them?
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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Put numbing gel on them?
Ugh -- no.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:59 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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You can't buy your raspberries on a day closer to Sunday? I have found they will not last more than a few days. Ditto for strawberries. I have had better luck with blueberries and even blackberries these days. I buy a lot of berries since I have at least two different ones in my cereal most mornings.
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:23 AM
 
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^^ Thanks everyone.
chiluvr, in my case I buy the fruit - straw- blue-, black-, and raspberries on Tuesday, and use them for lunch, each day Wed-Sunday.

I have no trouble at all with the blueberries lasting even longer than a week.
IF I pick through the pints and containers at the grocery store and get a good pack, I have no trouble with the strawberries or blackberries lasting that long. But the raspberries, oh, the delicate raspberries...sometimes one or two are mushy IN the container when I buy them on Tuesday. And many times they start going bad by Friday. I think I've had only one or two containers where NONE of the berries were bad by Sunday. Many times I lose at least 5-6 berries, sometimes I'd say almost half of them. And they come in about a half-pint container, not even a pint.

I know raspberries are some of the most fragile and perishable berries. I just thought I'd ask about getting them to last longer. I'll keep doing what I' doing: separating them, perhaps freezing them -- I'll have to see how that changes the texture tough. These aren't for smoothies. They're for eating in a bowl with cinnamon, so I don't want them mushy due to ice crystals.
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:28 AM
 
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I would assume anything valid on preserving raspberries would also apply to blueberries and black berries. Just wonderin'.

Have no idea where to find them, but I have heard it argued that the best tasting berries would be any of the above that also are found growing wild. Commercially farmed products often focus on what can be grown in bulk, not the best tasting and/or nutritional varieties. Cardinal example: iceberg lettuce (yuke) vs. leafy green lettuce.
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Florida
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When I have space in my freezer, I wash the berries, dry them on a paper towel, then put them in a freezer bag as a single layer, on a tray. It takes up a lot of space but the berries can then be used for decoration, or cooking...not just eating as if it were fresh.
If you single layer them on a tray and stick in the freezer a few hours you can then throw them all in freezer bags and they'll stay separate.
I do the same with bliueberries
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Old 09-11-2018, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Rather than buy fresh berries and freezing them, why not just buy frozen berries? I usually add the berries to plain yogurt to flavor/sweeten it without all the crap they add to already flavored yogurt. For that I actually like the frozen berries, as you get some juice to mix in when they thaw.
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