One of the best reasons to always go organic with berries is that non-organic berries are loaded with pesticides. #1 on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables for 2017? Strawberries.
Organic berries aren’t hard to find, but you do have to pay a little more for them. In season, farmer’s markets are the best place to find them. But local grocery stores have plenty of organic berries as well, especially this time of year. And out of season, Costco has frozen organic strawberries and blueberries.
But one thing you might notice is that your organic fresh berries start molding if you don’t eat them up quickly. There’s an easy way to fix that so they last a lot longer… a vinegar rinse. Simply mix 1 part white vinegar to 8 parts water. Pour the berries into a bowl and pour the vinegar mixture over them, stir gently and let them soak for about 20 minutes. Rinse with fresh filtered water and let them dry before you put them in the refrigerator. I’ve had fresh organic berries last well over a week by doing this.