Wait To Wash
Unlike more hefty berries like strawberries or blackberries, raspberries cannot withstand a wash before storage. They easily retain liquid, so if you wash your berries early, they are more likely to mold. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash them altogether though. Rinse immediately (but do not submerge) before serving for the best results.
It may be tempting to start cooking with your raspberries immediately, but it’s generally more beneficial to wait. Prolonged exposure to heat can make the berries difficult to rinse without damaging, but this can easily be avoided by storing them in the fridge for an hour or two before prepping.
Proper storage can easily make or break your berries. Stay away from airtight containers, as raspberries need air circulation. If you don’t have the standard plastic container, try using something with air holes, like a colander. Either way, lining the bottom with a paper towel can help soak up excess moisture.
- Pro Tip: It is very important to keep your berries away from your fridge’s crisper. The extra humidity will quickly decrease the quality of the fruit.