There’s nothing sweeter than a fresh raspberry. Whether you are preparing your raspberries for a summer dessert or simply eating them straight out of the packet, giving your raspberries a quick wash will remove any dirt so they are fresh, delicious and ready to eat. However, the best way to wash raspberries is often a mystery to many.
Should you wash raspberries?
A common question that we receive is ‘should you wash your raspberries?’. It’s not unusual to be hesitant about washing raspberries as their fragile nature means fresh juicy berries can quickly turn into a soggy mess. The skin of a raspberry tends to easily soak up liquid so it may tear easily and can lead to mold and spoilage if washed incorrectly. To ensure you are able to enjoy your fresh raspberries, we recommend washing your berries just before you are to eat them.
The best way to wash raspberries
Follow our easy step-by-step guide to ensure your raspberries are clean and ready to eat.
1. Gently rinse your raspberries
To wash your raspberries, place them in a colander or leave them in their punnet and lightly rinse them under cold running water. Due to their delicate nature, keep the water pressure light. Many blogs and tutorials recommend washing your fresh produce, especially your berries, in various mixtures. Using salt, vinegar, bi-carb or other mixes to wash berries is unnecessary. Doing so may negatively affect the texture and taste of your berries. This is because raspberries are delicate and porous. Give your raspberries a quick rinse to ensure they are fresh, delicious and ready to eat.
It’s best to enjoy your raspberries as soon as they have been washed. Place your berries on top of a birthday cake for an extra boost of colour and flavour, blend them into a delicious and healthy smoothie, or simply enjoy them on their own.
3. Freezing your raspberries
If you’d like to enjoy your raspberries at a later date, you can choose to freeze them. Follow step 1, and then place your berries in a bowl lined with some paper towel or a clean tea towel. Lightly dab to ensure your berries are thoroughly dry, but avoid being too heavy-handed if you want to avoid squishing them. Then, put them on a baking tray with baking paper and pop in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer-safe container. By freezing them individually first, you will prevent them from sticking together.
Common raspberry washing mistake
There’s no shortage of information about how you should be washing your raspberries, but here's a common mistake we see.
Soaking your raspberries
When washing your raspberries, we recommend using a colander or strainer to avoid your berries sitting in water too long. This is because submerging your raspberries in water can cause them to turn soggy and mouldy quickly.
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