Social media users left divided by “amazing” life hack to keep strawberries fresh “forever”

SOCIAL media users have been left divided by a woman’s life hack that she claims keeps strawberries fresh “forever”.

The anonymous woman shared how she had spent “36 years” of her life without knowing the trick, but claims she had recently found out that leaving strawberries in glass jars increases their longevity.

The strawberries in the jar.
Many were left unsure of the ‘life hack.’ (C) Facebook

Originally purchasing the berries from a supermarket with the expectation that they would go off within the week, she decided to try the method, storing them in a sealed glass jar with water instead.

To her amazement, the strawberries have allegedly lasted an incredible three weeks, resulting in her rushing to social media to share the tip with savvy shoppers.

Sharing an image of a bunch of strawberries securely contained within a glass mason jar to social media on Saturday, the woman revealed the entire life hack.

She wrote: “It took me 36 years to find out that if you put strawberries in glass jars, they last forever.

“These ones, no word of a lie, are over three weeks old. From the superstore.

“I’m lucky if I get them to last five days before they start to turn when I buy them from there. I don’t know who else knows this trick but if you don’t, you’re welcome.”

The post received over 4,100 likes and more than 2,100 comments from users – although many were left divided by the effectiveness of the trick.

Tami Diaz wrote: “Oh my God. Thank you. I so needed that – my strawberries go bad so quick.”

Tracey Burgess replied: “Oh my God. Amazing if it works cos’ [sic] I’m sick of throwing half a tub away.”

Susie Clack said: “I did this with strawberries and although they didn’t mould and go mushy, they had a vinegar taste to them.”

However, Kerry Bayne commented: “Load of s**t. I tried it. They went off quicker.”

Mae O’Connor reasoned: “Why would you want to eat strawberries that are three weeks old and who knows how long they sat prior to buying?

“The nutrient content would be significantly diminished.”

Leo Shawyer added: “I do this but it’s a myth that they last forever. They do last ages and look fresh on the outside but the inside rots.

“You’ll smell it when you open the jar. Works for all berries and grapes, etc.”

The ‘strawberries in a jar’ hack has gone viral in recent years, with there even being a Ted Talk about it conducted by Amy Cross.

However, the jury is still out on whether the hack actually works, with many suggesting that the strawberries should be dipped in a distilled white vinegar and water mixture for two minutes before fermentation begins.

It is then advisable to dry the strawberries with paper towels before placing them back into a jam jar.