Washing our produce is something I am sure nobody overlooks- but how well are you washing it??? Besides what they were exposed to in the field or orchard that they grew in we have to worry about who handled them before they ended up in the produce section of the grocery store and who touched them while they sat there!! Honestly, I do not enjoy the process of washing my produce, it is tedious and annoying, but it is important and necessary. I have ruined some delicious fruit by not correctly washing…..one time I soaked cherries overnight only to find them swollen and nasty the next morning-I also did this with plums-oops!! I feel most confidant when I can purchase organic produce because then I don’t have to worry about the pesticides-( I will be posting soon about organic versus non organic and which F/V’s contain the most pesticides.) Anytime that I have to buy non organic I think it is important to take the time to wash them WELL!! I sometimes buy the fruit and veggie wash that you can find in health food stores, but they are pretty expensive. If you read the ingredients listed on the bottle most of them are made with natural things that we can mix together ourselves for a lot cheaper. I will give you two recipes for produce wash…experiment with these to find the one you like and WASH, WASH, WASH!!!
FRUIT/VEGGIE WASH #1
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (fresh)
2 Tbsp. baking soda
1 Cup water
Mix ingredients together and place in a spray bottle to spray on fruit and then rinse clean or place in bowl and dunk fruit in scrub and rinse.
FRUIT/VEGGIE WASH #2
1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp. baking soda
20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (found in health food stores)
Mix in spray bottle, spray on F/V’s and rinse off or use as a soak.
Not all fruits and veggies can be scrubbed or soaked. Generally, soft flesh fruits need to be swished around in a wash and then rinsed off (strawberries, raspberries, cherries, plums, etc.) . Blueberries seem to soak up water so just spray and rinse them off. Apples, pears, lemons, limes and oranges I always soak in a wash mixture. Spinach, Kale and other lettuces can either be swished or sprayed and then rinsed.
FYI: This will not remove ALL pesticides and/or waxes on non organic fruit or veggies, but will be efficient in minimizing it. Always know organic is best whenever possible!!!
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