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How to Clean Berries Before Eating

May 6, 2022

Sharing how to clean berries before eating. Everything you need to know about washing your berries with a mix of just water and kosher salt.

For years I have been rinsing my berries under cold water and calling it a day. And while yes, that is an easy option and I will probably do that from time to time when I am rushing – there is an even better way to clean your berries.

The best way to clean berries is by soaking them in water and salt for a few minutes. I just use 1 tablespoon of kosher salt per cup of water and soak my berries for 5 minutes or so then fine under cold water for 1 minute. And no – I know what you’re thinking. These do not taste salty after I promise. You rinse them off and it isn’t sitting it in enough to absorb. Salt is used to help clean the berries instead.

There are many other ways to clean berries and produce before eating. Many love using baking soda or white vinegar as well. I personally recommend using salad more than the others because they don’t absorb into the fruit as much and it is easier to wash off. So your flavor and juiciness of the berries isn’t compromised. I also only like to clean a few at a time. No more than 1-2 days worth. For my family, we go through fruit SO fast so I just wash the whole container. But before I put back washed berries, I always dry them off.

What you will need to clean your berries:

How to properly clean berries before eating:

  1. Add water to a bowl with salt then add in berries (for every cup of water you need, add 1 tablespoon kosher salt)
  2. Allow the berries to soak for 5 minutes
  3. Strain and rinse under cold water for 1 minute then enjoy!

What to make with strawberries this season:

Gluten-free Strawberry Banana Bread

Easy Gluten-free Strawberry Cookies

The *Best* Healthy Berry Cobbler Recipe! (vegan + gluten-free)

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How to Clean Berries Before Eating

Sharing how to clean berries before eating. Everything you need to know about washing your berries with a mix of just water and kosher salt.

  • Author: Rachel

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • Handful of strawberries or berries

Instructions

  1. Add water to a bowl with salt then add in berries (for every cup of water you need, add 1 tablespoon kosher salt)
  2. Allow the berries to soak for 5 minutes
  3. Strain and rinse under cold water for 1 minute then enjoy!

Notes

*If storing berries after washing, make sure they dry off completely and then store in airtight container in the fridge.

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