How to Clean Raspberries
Any foodie will know that raspberries when ripe and in season are one of the juiciest, most flavorsome ingredients out there. However, whilst they are delicious to eat, they can prove difficult to wash and clean. Some cleaning methods stop raspberries from making it to a plate looking great. Cleaning them is necessary though to ensure they are free from any dirt, leaves or pesticides that were left on them when picked and packaged.
One of the main problems with washing raspberries is the fact that they are so soft when ripe. While this can make them juicy and delectable to eat, it is troublesome getting rid of any unwanted extras that have made it to your kitchen via this fruit. Here, we look at how to clean raspberries effectively and the best ways of how to wash raspberries as there are several approaches that result in the fruit being safe and clean to eat.
Use a Colander
Where a lot of people go wrong immediately when washing raspberries is that they use the same technique as much sturdier fruits like strawberries or tomatoes. This means that many therefore stick their raspberries in a colander and put them under a running tap of cold water. This is more than likely to end up in bruised or completely ruined raspberries. They are just too soft to withstand the pressure of a strong tap. Instead, use the colander to put the raspberries in and then dunk them in a sink full of cold water. This is far gentler and means that you can be sure that your berries will not turn to puree just by washing them.
When they have been in the water for long enough – around 30 seconds – pull them out of the water and let them drain in the colander on a countertop if you have a warm kitchen, or your colander is not too full. If you have lots of raspberries in the colander, it is best to lay them out flat in one layer on kitchen towels on a flat surface like a baking tray or chopping board.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar
A more thorough, or scientific, way of cleaning raspberries to ensure that they are safe to eat is wash them in apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has long been extolled as brilliant for multiple uses in the kitchen, and when you add it to a water bath, it can be used to ensure that any bacteria that raspberries can harbor, are killed. Additionally, the vinegar in a bath will kill any mold spores too. To then dry them to ensure that they are properly clean, users of this method often employ a salad spinner that is lined in kitchen paper. This will protect the fruit from being damaged when spun round the bowl.
Wipe Them Down
There is a big argument for not washing raspberries at all. Instead, some chefs simply look closely at the sample or punnet that they have and rub away any dust or debris that have marked the fruit. The reasoning behind this is that it is often thought by chefs that exposing them to water or any consequent drying techniques will ruin the fruit completely and means their delicate flavor cannot be enjoyed. While rubbing away dirt from each individual raspberry may sound onerous, if you are that worried about damaging the fruit itself, this is perhaps the best way to go. Though, obviously, it is not the quickest by a long stretch.
How To Wash Raspberries – Final Thoughts
There are therefore a few methods for home cooks to try when cleaning or washing raspberries. The one that will work for you will be the one that you have the most time for and that your skill set is able to cope with best. Some of us don’t have the excellent eyesight so wiping down each individual raspberry may not be the way to go, while some of us may not have a salad spinner that will rid raspberries of apple cider vinegar. In short, it is best to use the approach that will ensure that your raspberries are not ruined when trying to make them safe to eat. How to clean raspberries is always a tough question to answer, but hopefully the above suggestions will help you make some yummy creations in the kitchen during raspberry season.