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Karen925
11-15-2010, 11:13 PM
How do you keep you raspberries from going moldy? I check them good at the store, but then sometimes they turn moldy quicky, other times they last a week. I am thinking of putting them in a larger container when I get home. Let more air circulate around them.


AnnieDrews
11-16-2010, 12:03 AM
I don't know....I can sure see how such a fragile fruit would mold quickly, though. I do know that you don't want to wash them until right before you eat them. Good luck!

katy trail
11-16-2010, 12:15 AM
maybe freeze asap? i guess i would just try to use them up that day or the next when you get back from the store. i noticed the same problem with strawberries. a few times i've gotten organic strawberries, they seemed to last longer. maybe you could get some at a farmer's market? they are the freshest.


Serval87
11-16-2010, 12:51 AM
Don't wash them until you are going to eat them.

GradPhase
11-16-2010, 12:58 AM
I quit buying raspberries for that exact reason. They are WAY to expensive to waste (especially up here). I would recommend immediately freezing them. So delicious, but you have to eat them so darn fast!

tommy
11-16-2010, 04:00 PM
Make sure there are no squishy ones (toss those), gently put into a glass jar along with a loosely crumbled paper towel. Twist lid on tight and store in fridge. The towel seems to absorb moisture that would lead to rot, and the sealed jar is just magic ;) Works really well with strawberries. Replace paper towel if it feels damp.

Karen925
11-16-2010, 07:31 PM
Make sure there are no squishy ones (toss those), gently put into a glass jar along with a loosely crumbled paper towel. Twist lid on tight and store in fridge. The towel seems to absorb moisture that would lead to rot, and the sealed jar is just magic ;) Works really well with strawberries. Replace paper towel if it feels damp.

I have done this except in a tupperware container. I had one where I could spread them out. The tupperware is air tight. i will let you know how it goes. I have them almost every morning.

kaplods
11-16-2010, 08:39 PM
I buy the smallest container and eat them all the same day or by the next morning, just because I haven't found a way to prevent the mold growth. Or I buy frozen.

tommy
11-17-2010, 01:26 AM
Karen- if you can please try it with a glass jar- I think plastic like Tupperware gives a different result.

Karen925
11-19-2010, 04:29 PM
So far so good. I burped the air out the raspberries one day, but that is all. One data point a trend does not make. I will need to try this a few more times.

cheryl126
11-19-2010, 04:50 PM
There was a NY Times article last year about how rinsing your berries with hot water reduces the mold spores on the surface and can help them last longer. I haven't done my own official test, but I've been rinsing my berries since then and it seems to be helping...or maybe I'm just eating my berries faster:)

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/26/dining/26curi.html

bargoo
11-19-2010, 09:16 PM
I use them within a day so never have a problem.

atreyyena
11-22-2010, 07:49 PM
I was going to suggest the sealing them in a container with a paper towel in it too. The towel absorbs the moisture and the container keeps air out.

Works great with fresh herbs too. Just wrap them in a paper towel and then put it all in a plastic baggie into the fridge. :)

saef
11-22-2010, 11:19 PM
Who has leftover raspberries? Not at these prices, in late November. The minute I'm alone with them, at home, in my kitchen, I WANT THEM. And I have to fight myself to keep from having my way with them immediately. They don't have even a minute to get moldy.

JOLINA
11-23-2010, 06:19 AM
:wave:
I grow raspberries.
As soon as I pick them, I wash and freeze them.
If I pick a lot of them. I wash and cook them down and make juice.
Berries mold fast, so I never keep them more than a day without cooking or freezing them.

Raspberry juice is very expensive. I add it to my blackberry juice to add flavor.
Sometimes I cook frozen raspberries, make the juice and add it to pear, peach, or grape juice. :stir:
Pear juice helps prevent dementia and altzheimers.
Blackberry juice is for the heart and blood vessels and also night vision.
Niagra grape juice gives you a lot of energy.
Wild grape juice strengthens the heart and capillaries.

My elderberries are made into an extract that knocks out colds and flu.
If your fringernails are thin or break easy, eating a few berries every day will make them all very strong and healthy. :coffee:

I have a lot of fruit trees and berry bushes.
Berries are essential to ones health. But they are sooo expensive, it's best to grow your own.
I never make jams or desserts with the fruit...just juice.
:cheers:

madamwu
11-23-2010, 12:42 PM
Sometimes berries are irradiated like they do to ground beef to prevent salmonella and e coli. I know they did this back in the 90s, not sure if they are still doing it. Strawberries that lasted a long time were irradiated, and as a result the mold didn't grow as fast. I think generally, fresh berries, like fresh shrimp, just have to be used as soon as possible.

ANOther
11-23-2010, 08:50 PM
Keep them in the original container and wash them only when you're ready to eat them

Suzanne 3FC
11-23-2010, 08:58 PM
I recently bought a set of Kinetic Go Green Premium containers that claimed to help keep food fresh longer. It really works! Everything that I have stored in them have lasted so much longer and I'm not throwing anything away.

I have tried raspberries in them with great luck. No mold and the looked and tasted fresh after nearly a week vs a day or two. I don't know how much longer they would have lasted because I ate them all :)

I recently put strawberries in one and I swear three weeks later they looked and smelled just as fresh as the day I put them in.

I also store cucumbers, peppers, and lettuce in them and nothing goes bad.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dgarden&field-keywords=kinetic+go+green+premium&x=0&y=0

They offer several configurations of sets or you can buy individually. I was lucky enough to find a very large set at TJ Maxx for just $19

It's one of the best purchases I've ever made.