For the last few weeks this has been my breakfast of choice at least 3 times a week. It is soooo good. I take plain Greek yogurt, and mix in just a little swirl of honey. Then I sprinkle on some cacao nibs. After that I throw on a handful of blueberries, and 3 or 4 strawberries that I have sliced the tops off of, and quartered. The grand finish is sprinkling the whole thing with flaxseed meal.
The berries, and the honey give it a nice, but light sweetness. The cacao nibs add a crunch, and the flaxseed meal fills you up, and gives it a little bit of texture. You have to try this.
One thing I find difficult about keeping strawberries on hand is how quickly they go bad. Depending on the time of year, I will purchase from a grocery store, or from one of the local stands. Either way they usually lose their crispness after a couple days, and are inedible after 3, maybe 4 days. That's a bummer.
As a tactic for saving money on groceries I try to not go to the store more than every couple of weeks, and I also want the food that I buy to be used, not just end up in the trash. I thought that there must be a better means of storage for strawberries, in order to keep them fresh longer.
As with most problems in life I turned to Google, or Pinterest. Turns out there is a solution. I used the technique I found here at fabulesslyfrugal.com.
First step fill a bowl with 5 cups of water and 1/2 a cup of distilled white vinegar. Place the strawberries into the bowl, and let them sit for about 2 mins. You will notice that the strawberries on top float to the top, so it seems that only the lower half is getting covered by the water and vinegar mixture.. I wanted to make sure that the whole strawberry was getting a good soak, so about half way through I gave them a little stir with my hand.
I got a little distracted, so it was probably more like 3 or 4 mins. before I removed my strawberries. While they were soaking, I cleaned the container they came in with hot water and dish soap. Then I layed a paper towel at the bottom of the container.
When the time was up, or more than up in my case, I drained the strawberries and put them back in their container, and into the fridge.
So far my strawberries are on day 4, and still perfect. From what I have read, this method works by the vinegar killing the mold spores that are on the strawberries. You do not need to rinse the strawberries after draining them. There will not be even the slightest hint of a vinegary taste.
I will report back after we see how long they last.
Do you have any awesome tips for making produce last longer?