How To Clean Berries

Here’s a quick primer on how to clean berries; a necessary task.

It always frustrates me when I read an article or hear someone say it’s not important to clean berries because they’re too delicate. I’ve even read that raspberry skins are so thin they let water in, ruining the fruit. I wonder what happens when it rains?

We were at a restaurant many years ago, a very well known and well regarded place. When I went to the dessert table, the bowl of raspberries looked like it was moving. The berries were covered with tiny bugs. Yuk!

It’s a simple task to clean delicate berries. Fill a large bowl with cold water, gently dump the berries in, swish around and scoop them out with your hands into a colander. Drain and use. It’s that simple!

My mother uses hydrogen peroxide to clean all her fruits and vegetables, which I’m not a fan of. There are websites that recommend a combination of vinegar and 3% hydrogen peroxide to remove pesticides. I’ve checked the FDA, CDC and www.foodsafety.gov websites and can’t find any recommendations other than using cold water to wash fruit.

Here’s a recipe for Triple Berry Crisp.

Be sure to read the article on the history of fruit desserts following the recipe. Similar to barbecue, these fruit desserts have staunch followers and specific fruit and cake-type fillings.

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