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I love having fresh berries on hand for my family at all times. They are not only delicious, but they also pack a mean antioxidant punch. The only downfall is my berries go bad after a few short days. It’s frustrating and expensive to keep replacing.

Fortunately, a friend shared a tip to help extend the life of my berries—she rinses the berries with water and distilled white vinegar before storing to double the life. I decided to put her tip to the test.

Berry How-To: Fill a glass with one part vinegar to 10 parts water; rinse the berries, pat dry and store for later use. The vinegar will kill any mold- or bacteria-producing spores, so they will take twice as long to go bad.

I was pleasantly surprised by the results when I tried this trick. I was a little worried the mixture would make my berries taste like vinegar, but it didn’t—they tasted just right, and my strawberries remained fresh for two weeks!

Not only did the vinegar mixture extend the life of my strawberries, it doubled the life of my blueberries, raspberries and blackberries as well.

Frugal moms, this trick is definitely worth a try—break out the vinegar and start rinsing those berries!