Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pinterest Test!

I conducted another "test" from Pinterest. I secretly like doing these and somehow hope I will discover some secret cleaning or design method that has somehow been hidden all my life lol. With this test I was especially hoping it would turn out! 

Here is the original pin
Cleaning fruit -Use 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water, mix. Add all fruit and soak for 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will sparkle with no wax or dirty film. Great for Berries too--keeps them from molding...strawberries last for weeks

I was excited about this because my strawberries seriously go bad SO quickly. I have usually followed the rule of keeping them cool and dry until ready to eat --- as water could break them down even faster but I thought this was worth a try.

I did it a few different ways. Since Strawberries were 99 cents a pack at Sprouts (yay!) I bought 3 packs and did 3 separate tests. 

The first I used Apple Cider vinegar and I did the 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water and I simply dumped the strawberries in, swished them around and then let them air dry before putting them away

The Second I used White Vinegar (same ratio) but I let them soak just like it says and then I gave them a quick rinse.

I let them air dry on a towel (don't mind the clean lettuce drying too :) 

The third I just left like I normally do without washing or touching until ready to eat.

SO................I was not thrilled with the results. :( 
I would have taken pictures but just imagine moldy gross berries. I used the berries in no special order, every time we wanted some I would just randomly grab them so I was using them from all 3 packs. The major things I noticed were:
--You can DEFINITELY taste the vinegar on the ones I didn't rinse. Not my favorite.
--The 2 packs that I soaked even though were fully dry when I put them away remained kind of "squishy" and not very appetizing. The outsides of the strawberries remained really soft and soggyish (is that a word?)
--All my strawberries went bad within the week like usual but the ones I kept dry and cool had the most crunch and original flavor

So unfortunately I would advise you to skip this "amazing advice" from Pinterest that promises to save your berries for weeks. Your best bet is to buy as fresh as possible (the ones from a stand always last way longer and hmmmmm actually TASTE like strawberries) and keep them dry and cool and rinse right before use. 

Check out my other Pinterest Tests! 

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