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Clean Strawberries The Proper Way, With A Salt Water Scrub
When it comes to cleaning strawberries, a salt-water scrub can do what soaking them in water cannot. Firstly, rubbing the granules over the fruit removes dirt and contaminants.
Secondly, a salt-water soak creates an inhospitable environment for any bugs lurking in the fruit, prompting them to surface, and strips residual pesticides from its outer layer.
To start, prepare the salt water solution by filling a large bowl with cold water and dissolving the salt in it, using a ratio of about one tablespoon of salt per cup of water.
Soak the strawberries in the solution for about five minutes. Then, rinse off the salt water while gently rubbing the fruits to help remove any dirt, bugs, or pesticide residues.
Lastly, dry the strawberries using paper towels or a clean dish towel and use them right away. Avoid storing the fruits for too long once soaked and scrubbed to prevent spoilage.
Unlike several other methods that involve additional ingredients to clean strawberries, a brief dunk and scrub in salt water doesn’t alter the fruit’s sweet flavor or texture.