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.
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.
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.
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.