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I bought a pack of blackberries from the supermraket and the label said to wash before use. I tried that and it completely ruined them.

I tried running them under a tap (faucet). Ruined. I tried dropping the fruit into a bowl of water. Ruined. I tried running them under a slow trickle of water. Not ruined but also not washed.

How, please, am I supposed to wash soft fruit like blackberries?

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How were they "ruined"? I've washed blackberries by dropping them into water a few times, and at least for me and my kids they still tasted great :) – carlosfigueira Jun 26 '11 at 16:06
They were mostly squashed or burst after being dropped into the water and fished out. – billpg Jun 26 '11 at 16:28
Sounds like they were over-ripe – nico Jun 26 '11 at 16:53
Maybe - I had just bought them from the supermarket. – billpg Jun 27 '11 at 6:54
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Probably the easiest way to do it is to just gently pour the blackberries into a basket strainer, then lower the strainer into a bowl of water. Then you can just lift the strainer out and the berries will come with it, no fishing required.

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