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The Secret to Picking the Freshest Berries at the Supermarket Revealed!

If you have ever invested, what amounts to a small fortune, in a punnet of berries of some description from a supermarket or a fruit and veg store, only to find them perched in your fridge looking sad and slimy or a little furry around the edges the very next day, this one is for you! Which realistically, is ALL of us. Because who has money to throw away on fruit that’ll turn mouldy the minute you so much as take your eyes off it? Not me!

Thanks to TikTok user naptown_thrifts sharing her newly discovered secret for picking the freshest looking fruit-filled punnets, we may all get a bit more life from our berries. Like most of us, Meredith (aka nap town_thrifts) had been purchasing the berries based on what they look like – picking the ones that don’t look loudly and gross. However, her husband had a secret to picking the very best ones that stay fresh much longer, which it appears, Meredith only just learned.

His secret?

He flips them over, and chooses whichever ones DON’T stick to the bottom of the tray!

@naptown_thrifts I just buy the ones that dont look moldy and gross but apparently, he has a whole system!! #sustainableshopping #sustainableliving #reducefoodwasteathome #shopsmartshopsustainable ♬ Lucky Girl – Carlina

Whilst some viewers already knew the secret, many others expressed their gratitude at learning a hack that will help them to reduce food wastage. Others offered tips of their own.

“I do that and also smell them. I get crazy looks but if they don’t smell then they don’t taste either. 😂” replied user oh_no_wow, which sounds like good advice.

“Rinse your berries in a vinegar solution and let them fully dry!” advised user ;p, adding “It’s an antifungal and will help them keep longer.”

“Take them out of the plastic and put them in glass jars in the fridge. They keep longer that way,” added user Lunara TDQ.

What’s your secret to picking and storing fruit to keep it fresh for longer?


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Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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