I made strawberry-rhubarb jam right away, and planned to make strawberry-raspberry that evening. Had some errands to run in the meantime.
I did leave the berries out on the kitchen table, and it was a warm day. But I was planning to use them that evening... I did not expect that by 8:30 when I went to get ready for the jam, I would find my 2 boxes of rasperries covered in white mold!!
Is this normal, are raspberries really that sensitive to go moldy that quickly? Or is there something fishy about how fresh these were?
I mean, if they had just gone mushy or gross or something, I'd believe it. But I had no idea mold could even grow that quickly!!! My daughter was eating them at 5pm and they were fine, then by 8:30 they were just absolutely disgusting.
Your best bet is to go through and remove any crushed or moldy berries right away, and if you rinse them pat them dry as much as possible, and leave them in one layer on a paper towel to store them.
My mother works for a very LARGE grocery chain in upstate NY, and her best friends husband is a produce buyer for the same company. She concluded that raspberries do just mold very fast.
But now I'm better informed... I think when I got raspberries before, they went straight into the fridge and lasted a couple days. A few hours, though? Wow. But next time, I'll wash and store flat and in the fridge if I can't use them right away.
The little bit of water left on the berries from washing seems to contribute to faster spoiling. So, if I am putting berries on top of my yogurt I literally just wash the small handful I'm about to eat.
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I go berry picking all the time because I make tons of different kinds of jam. Yes, berries are often moldy on the plant. It happens. It's nature. Just be careful to pick the perfectly ripe ones (not over-ripe ones), and ones that aren't encased in dirt (strawberries) or mushy.
Though, OP, that's awfully fast for mold to grow!! I picked several gallons of raspberries this year and they stayed good for about a week, unwashed, in my fridge.
Wife to dh and mommy to dd1 (3/07), ds (1/10), and dd2 (any day now)!
To hold strawberries, raspberries blackberries, tayberries, blueberries, etc., just stick in the fridge asap in a single layer, or at most, just two layers. More than that and things get squished and bad things happen. Only wash the berries as you're going to use them, the damp just encourages mold.
Or my MO is try and prep what I can as I can. So the day of/after picking strawberries? Hubby and I rinsed and cut up and pureed a bunch of strawberries so they're ready for jam. I've found the pureed stuff holds up better in the fridge for whatever reason.
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The wild ones at my cottage are eaten right off the plant
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