How to Make Strawberries Last Longer

I have taken strawberries and tested different methods to make them last longer in the refrigerator.

Will strawberries keep longer when kept in their original container, in a glass jar, or treated with a vinegar wash when stored in the refrigerator over a 3 week period?


I used berries from the same 1-pound plastic clamshell to test the two variables and the control.

Variable 1: Berries were simply placed in a glass jar, unwashed, and placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator.


Variable 2: Berries were placed in a vinegar wash: – 1/2 cup white vinegar – 5 cups of water


Control: Berries were kept in the original packaging, unwashed, and placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator.


Original Container: A little shriveled, but still edible. Vinegar Wash: They look nearly perfect. Glass Jar: They look just as good as the day they went into the jar.

Week 1

Original Container: Severe shriveling has set in. Vinegar Wash: The berries have started to shrivel significantly. Glass Jar: These berries a still plump and they have yet to shrivel.

Week 2

Original Container: Shriveling has continued even more. Vinegar Wash: Shriveled berries are only  good for making jam. Glass Jar: These berries are still plump and juicy, but lost some color.

Week 3

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