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The Only Way You Should Store Blackberries, According to Driscoll’s

I love it when blackberries are plentiful. They're so tasty on a salad, mixed into a smoothie, or simply eaten as a sweet, vibrant snack. I often buy them when they're in season, but sometimes they get shoved to the bottom of the produce bin and when I find them, they're limp and moldy.

Eat them quickly and keep them cool, suggests Frances Dillard, vice president of marketing at Driscoll's, the California company that sells strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

“For best results, Driscoll's recommends refrigerating your unwashed blackberries in their original container for up to two days,” says Dillard. “Refrigeration will extend their freshness and overall shelf life. »

Don't leave them on the counter or in a fruit bowl unless you plan to eat them that day. Blackberries can go bad quickly, especially when stored too hot or too humid.

Although you might be tempted to wash blackberries as soon as you get them back from the grocery store or farmer's market, it's best to keep them as dry as possible. Moisture is the enemy of berries and can encourage mold growth.

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The best container for storing fresh blackberries

Dillard recommends storing blackberries in their original packaging. “All fresh berries are extremely perishable, which is why Driscoll's recommends storing berries in their original packaging in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them,” she says.

Before storing, remove any moldy, discolored or soft berries from the bunch. To keep them dry, it may help to put a paper towel under them inside the package to help absorb moisture. Do not put them in an airtight container; they need circulation.

The ideal place to store blackberries is in the crisper drawer, set to low humidity. Avoid very cold locations as this can cause the berries to freeze. Check your refrigerator thermometer: Blackberries perform best between 32°F and 34°F, says Dillard.

How long do blackberries last?

Even when stored properly, blackberries do not stay fresh for long. “Under ideal conditions, our blackberries can stay plump and juicy for up to two days,” says Dillard.

Blackberries should be dark blue/black, fleshy and firm when you buy them. Do not buy berries if there are moldy ones in the container. Dillard recommends checking for mold, a sign that the berries are past their prime and need to be composted. If the berries are just starting to soften, use them in pies or baked goods or freeze them for smoothies.

When you're ready to use them, rinse them gently under cold running water. “To enhance their natural flavors, we recommend allowing blackberries to reach room temperature before serving,” she explains.

Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

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