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The best way to select and store raspberries

When you select raspberries, look for ones that are fully ripe because they will not ripen after they are picked. Fully ripe raspberries are ones that are slightly soft, plump and deep in color. As with all fruit, it is best to select organically grown berries whenever possible.

Avoid overripe Raspberries that are very soft, mushy or moldy. If you are buying berries prepackaged in a container, make sure that they are not packed too tightly and show not signs of stains or stains or moisture. These are indications that they may be crushed, damaged or spoiled.

It is best to purchase raspberries no more than one or two days prior to use as they are highly perishable and do not store well. They will not ripen once you bring them home and will just mold and rot, so they need to be eaten as soon as possible. Raspberries are ready to eat if they are deep red in color, plump and slightly soft they are ready to eat.

Refrigerate raspberries as soon as you bring them home. Proper storage is important to preserving the nutrients, texture and unique flavor of Raspberries.

Raspberries continue to respire (breathe) even after they have been harvested. The faster they respire the more the raspberries interact with air to produce carbon dioxide. The more carbon dioxide produced, the more quickly they will spoil. Refrigeration helps to slow the respiration rate of ripe Raspberries, retain their vitamin content and increase their storage life. Fresh ripe raspberries can last for up to 2 days when properly stored and refrigerated.

Like all berries, raspberries are very perishable, so great care should be taken in their handling and storage. Before storing in the refrigerator, remove any Raspberries that are moldy or damaged so that they will not contaminate others. Replace unwashed, whole berries in their original container or spread them out on a plate covered with a paper towel, then cover with plastic wrap.