When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water.  Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge.  The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria on the surface.  Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.

When you get your berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse if you want (though the mixture is so diluted you can't taste the vinegar,) and pop in the fridge. The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria on the surface. Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.

strawberries dried in the oven.  3 hrs at 210 degrees. apparently they taste like twizzlers!

Oven Dried Strawberries

strawberries dried in the oven. 3 hrs at 210 degrees. apparently they taste like twizzlers!

Those packages of pre-sliced apples you can buy at store are great for a healthy snack on the go but the price can add up. Make your own by slicing apples, soak in cold water for 3-5 minutes, then soak in a lemon-lime carbonated soda (such as 7-up or sprite) for 3-5 minutes. Divide into snack size portions and store in Ziploc bags in the fridge. The lemon-lime soda will keep the apples from browning and make them last. Will have to try

Apple & Pear Slices That Don't Brown

Those packages of pre-sliced apples you can buy at store are great for a healthy snack on the go but the price can add up. Make your own by slicing apples, soak in cold water for 3-5 minutes, then soak in a lemon-lime carbonated soda (such as 7-up or sprite) for 3-5 minutes. Divide into snack size portions and store in Ziploc bags in the fridge. The lemon-lime soda will keep the apples from browning and make them last. Will have to try

Cleaning fruit - fill sink with water, add 1 C. vinegar, mix. Add all fruit/veggies and soak for 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will sparkle with no wax or dirty film. Great for Berries too--keeps them from molding.

Cleaning fruit - fill sink with water, add 1 C. vinegar, mix. Add all fruit/veggies and soak for 10 minutes. Water will be dirty and fruit will sparkle with no wax or dirty film. Great for Berries too--keeps them from molding.

Pretty neat.. take a two liter bottle, cut the top out and use to close up bags of food or crafts materials!

Pretty neat.. take a two liter bottle, cut the top out and use to close up bags of food or crafts materials!

soaking apple slices in ginger ale for 10 minutes (I also hear any lemon-lime soda will also work). Still tastes like apples. pack in lunches or for on the go snacks.

soaking apple slices in ginger ale for 10 minutes (I also hear any lemon-lime soda will also work). Still tastes like apples. pack in lunches or for on the go snacks.

Take a look at this produce ripening guide below to learn the best ways to ripen your most favorite produce. It’ll help speed up the ripening process so you can finally use your delicious fruits and vegetables at home! More details at http://homeandgardenamerica.com/produce-ripening-guide

Best Home and Garden Tips

Take a look at this produce ripening guide below to learn the best ways to ripen your most favorite produce. It’ll help speed up the ripening process so you can finally use your delicious fruits and vegetables at home! More details at http://homeandgardenamerica.com/produce-ripening-guide

Best tip EVER!!! I no longer boil my eggs on the stove!!  I bake a batch or 2 of hard-boiled eggs every week & this works like a charm!   Please be sure to share so others read about the tip too - sharing is caring! <3

Best tip EVER!!! I no longer boil my eggs on the stove!! I bake a batch or 2 of hard-boiled eggs every week & this works like a charm! Please be sure to share so others read about the tip too - sharing is caring! <3

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