Published July 1, 2007.
What’s the best way to wash, dry, and store berries?
Washing berries before you use them is always safe practice, and we think that the best way to wash them is to place the berries in a colander and rinse them gently under running water for at least 30 seconds. As for drying them, we’ve tested a variety of methods and have found that a salad spinner lined with a buffering layer of paper towels is the best approach. About 15 seconds of spinning should suffice to completely dry the berries.
As for storage, berries are prone to growing mold and rotting quickly. If the berries aren’t to be used immediately, we recommend cleaning the berries with a mild vinegar solution (3 cups water mixed with 1 cup white vinegar), which will destroy the bacteria, before drying them and storing them in a paper-towel lined airtight container.
1. Wash berries in bowl with 3 cups water mixed with 1 cup white vinegar. Drain in colander and rinse under running water
2. Place berries in salad spinner lined with 3 layers of paper towels. Spin for 15 seconds or until berries are completely dry.
3. Store berries in paper towel-lined sealable container, keeping lid slightly open to allow excess moisture to escape.