Wash your strawberries! That’s the message that people on TikTok are sending their followers. More and more people on the platform have been sharing videos about how to properly wash berries. You plonk them into water mixed with salt to get rid of the dirt and tiny bugs that might be inside. Obviously, you let the salt dissolve first. Some people are even suggesting that you add a bit of vinegar, too.
Spring and summer are all about enjoying fresh fruits and berries, so this advice will hopefully be very handy for some of us. I mean, we all probably wash our strawberries. But do we usually wash ‘em that well? Rinsing them isn’t enough, apparently. Nobody wants to ruin strawberries for you, but we’ve all probably been eating teeny critters without knowing about them for years.
The advice on how long you should keep your strawberries in the salt water varies from person to person. Some say that 5 minutes are enough while others say that you should soak your delish berries for up to half an hour. Don’t forget to rinse them afterward, otherwise, you’ll be snacking on saltberries instead of strawberries!
TikTok users are posting videos that show us how to properly wash strawberries to get all the icky bugs and dirt out of them
Loads of people are following the strawberry bug trend and sharing their own advice about washing berries
Here’s what the bugs look like from up close
You’ll see little critters show up if you soak your strawberries in salt water
Some internet users suggest that you use cold water while others say that you should go for warm water for your berry-cleansing ‘ritual.’ Warm water makes more sense because salt will dissolve faster inside of it.
It’s not just bugs and dirt that we should be worried about. If the strawberries you bought aren’t organic but grown using pesticides, you’ll want to add some white vinegar to the water. That way, you’ll minimize the amount of chemicals you swallow.
Layla Eplett writes on the Scientific American Guest Blog that people on average ingest about “one to two pounds of flies, maggots, and other bugs each year without even knowing it.” While it’s unpleasant to think about, it’s harmless. After all, we’re still here, aren’t we? Just in case, though, wash your strawberries! Wash ‘em well.
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