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How to make strawberries last longer: Mum’s fruit hack wows thousands

Mum wows thousands after sharing how to make strawberries last up to two weeks: ‘I had no idea’

  • An Aussie mum has shared a lesser-known tip to make berries last longer
  • Andie said strawberries don’t last longer than ‘a couple days’ in plastic punnets 
  • But her grandma recommended storing the berries in glass jars instead 
  • Andie claims the fruit lasted her two weeks by making the simple change  
  • ‘Tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know this?!’ Andie wrote on TikTok 

An Aussie mum-of-two has shared a lesser-known ‘hack’ to make strawberries last longer in the fridge.

In a TikTok video, Andie Barber claims the simple tactic will keep fruit fresh for up to two weeks.

‘My nanna was recently staying at our house… and my daughter loves berries,’ Andie said in the clip, adding: ‘And we buy them from Woolies, just in these containers.’

Andie held up the punnet of strawberries that have holes in the packaging for airflow but said the fruit usually only lasts a couple of days in the plastic.

On TikTok she claims her grandmother said to store the fresh fruit in airtight glass jars instead of plastic punnets

Australian mum-of-two Andie Barber (pictured) shared how to make fresh berries last longer. On TikTok, she claims her grandmother said to store the fresh fruit in airtight glass jars instead of plastic punnets

Overhearing the complaint, Andie’s grandmother suggested an alternative.

‘So my nanna said, “Why don’t you just store them in glass jars?” And I was like, “I don’t know nanna. Why don’t I store them in glass jars?”,’ Andie said.

‘So I tried it. I tested it. I had some strawberries in this glass jar… Look at the strawberry. It’s perfect. It’s been in the fridge for probably nearly two weeks.’

Andie was amazed the fruit lasted so long by making the simple change and holding up a strawberry to the camera before taking a bite.

In the comments of the video, Andie also revealed the hack works with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

The glass jar was filled with fruit and stored with the lid on.

It’s understood berries decompose faster when kept in plastic supermarket punnets as the holes in the packaging often let in air and bacteria, whereas airtight glass jars slow down this process.

Why do strawberries last longer in a glass jar?

Plastic containers or supermarket punnets often let in air and bacteria, starting the decomposition process

Sealed, airtight glass jars minimize this and slow down decomposition

The simple method is said its works for strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries

The short video has since been viewed more than 65,000 times, and other TikTok users seemed impressed.

‘Nanna!! why are you holding out on these adulterer adult secrets!?’ one person wrote.

‘I had no idea, I’m definitely trying this. Thank you for sharing!’ another said.

A third added: ‘Really!! Wow.’


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