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More veggies at the market and storing berries
So many fresh vegetables now at your local farmers markets. New potatoes, carrots, beets, and summer squashes. Our recipe section has lots of ideas. If you have a favourite you want to share with us, please submit it under recipes. In southern Alberta, the June bearing strawberries have almost finished but further north you will find lots of berries.
Fruits are also coming along nicely. Many of our farmers are reporting saskatoons and raspberries. Remember to cool your fruit as soon as you get it home to ensure that it will last.
It is best to store strawberries unwashed with the stems until you are ready to use them.
If you want to store you strawberries so they are ready to use, I found several sites that recommend washing berries in a solution of 8 cups cold water with 1 cup white vinegar. This is to kill spores that may cause spoilage. I haven't tried this myself but a friend swears by it. Below is complete instructions and the website.
How To Keep Berries Fresh
- Once you bring your fresh berries home, the key to keeping it fresh is to kill any spores on the fruit. The pH of vinegar does that job.
- Place the berries in a large bowl and wash them in a vinegar-water bath: 1 cup of white vinegar and 8 cups of water.
- Let the berries sit in the vinegar-water bath, gently moving them to help dislodge any dirt, grime and letting the vinegar kill spores and bacteria.
- Drain the berries in a colander and then thoroughly rinse the fruit (to remove any vinegar flavor).
- Thicker skinned fruit (like strawberries or blueberries) can be dried in a salad spinner but delicate berries such as raspberries and blackberries should be dried on a towel, patting them with paper or cloth towels.
- Store the washed and dried fruit in a sealed container that has been lined with paper towels — if using an air-tight container, leave the lid slightly open to avoid natural moisture build-up. When I handle fruit I have purchased from my grocery store, I wash the original container and then re-use it, making sure to line it with paper towels.