Hey! There's White Maggots in Blackberries I Picked!
My husband and I picked six quarts of organically grown blackberries yesterday. I finished making the freezer jam. Then took the remaining blackberries out of the refrigerator to put into freezer bags. It was then that I found small round white worms on them. Lots of them on most of the berries. They must have been inside. It's frustrating because I spent so much time and $$$ on them.
I didn't use my food processor and just mashed the berries by hand. They're probably floating in the jam. Wouldn't that be appetizing.
Can someone tell me how to treat fresh picked berries to get rid of worms. I never heard about soaking them and the grower didn't suggest it. A few people suggested using a saline water bath, but didn't know the accurate salt to water ratio or how long to soak? I would expect you'd need to rinse them too.
Some people don't seem to care about eating the worms, but I sure the heck would like to avoid it and get rid of as many of as possible. I'd greatly appreciate anyone here replying back with the salt to water ratio and soak time. And pleeezzze, no lectures about how much dirt, bugs, and worms I've unknowing eaten in my life time.