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I’m a fifth grader and I’m using this info for a science project. Can you answer these questions:?Will different plastic food containers or bags matter in keeping berries fresh??Are plastic bags (Hefty, Ziploc) better than hard plastic containers to keep berries fresh? ?What?s the best way to keep berries fresh??How many days does the average berry last??What is the temperature can berries last the longest in?

In general, berries should be stored in the refrigerator, unwashed and in their original container for up to 1 week (7 days). The recommended temperature of a refrigerator should be between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Visit our Fruit & Veggie Database for all of you selection and storage questions.
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