Best Way to Wash Blueberries

Image Credit: ericabreetoe w/CC License
Image Credit: ericabreetoe w/CC License

Blueberries are one of nature’s sweet treats and they are also surprisingly good for you as well. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, are great for the skin, helps with bladder issues, good brain food and also tastes really good in pies and tarts :).

If you got a tray of blueberries and are about to dig in, then it is a really good idea to clean and wash them properly to get rid of any dirt or chemicals that might be left on them.

What is the Best Way to Wash Blueberries?

  1. The first thing you are going to want to do is take them out of the tray and place them in a colander or bowl.
  2. Rinse the blueberries with some water, as this will dislodge and remove any dirt or any chemicals on them berries.  It is a good idea to swish them around a bit, to ensure that they are all exposed to the running water.
  3. Once you are finished, you can then move them to a bowl or container, where you will do a secondary wash. If you have fruit and vegetable cleaner, you can use it here. If not, you can get ¼ cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of water. This vinegar mixture acts as a homemade wash and here you will pour this into the container and bowl. You can move the berries around in this, as it will help to clean off any more contamination that might be left on the blueberries.
  4. After this, you can do a final rinse to remove the mixture you use in step 3.
  5. Once finished, you can place them on a cookie sheet with paper towels and let them dry.
  6. Start eating your blueberries and enjoy.

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