What Is the Best Way to Wash Raspberries?

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Q: I love raspberries, but when I wash them, they always end up soggy and I feel the need to either eat them in one sitting before they go bad or freeze them. Any suggestions on how best to wash a batch of raspberries to make them last? 

Is the only way to avoid a soggy bunch of raspberries to wash them one-by-one before eating?

Sent by Jackie

Editor: Jackie, I have had good luck with Cook's Illustrated's method of giving the berries a quick dip in a diluted vinegar bath to kill mold spores and bacteria, then spinning the raspberries dry in a paper-towel-lined salad spinner. Instead of the vinegar bath, I've also tried Harold McGee's method of dipping them in a hot water bath before spinning them dry. Both methods work well!

Readers, do you have any suggestions for washing and storing raspberries so they last longer?

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