Do You Wash Your Produce?
If you don't you probably should, right?
A friend of mine asked me the other day if I wash all the produce I buy at the grocery store and I quickly answered, "OF COURSE I DO!!" If I buy anything that's not in a sealed bag I make sure to wash it before we eat it.
The only thing I really don't wash is the bags of salad that I buy, you know the salad mix ones that have all the ingredients in separate bags, I figure it sealed so it's clean, right? Some experts say no, and that every piece of produce that you buy, you should wash at some point before you consume it.
At my house anytime I buy strawberries or basically any kind of berry, I have a routine I go through to clean them. I get a large bowl and fill it with water and a little white vinegar. I put the fruit or whatever in and let it soak for a while.
After soaking, I take out and put in a strainer and run cold water over it for a couple of minutes, moving the fruit around to rinse off, and then I lay out some paper towels and put fruit on them to let them air dry for a bit, and then into my mouth or the fridge they go.
We got a text through the Wolf mobile app about washing produce that we had to share. It read, "We have a minimal cleanse policy with produce. Berries and lettuce that have typical dirt and such we rinse with cold water. But my grandmother said to be healthy you had to eat a teaspoon of dirt a day.. so we don’t obsess!"
The FDA has said that there are seven steps we should all follow when it comes to cleaning fruits and vegetables. They are as follows,
1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.
2. If damage or bruising occurs before eating or handling, cut away the damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating.
3. Rinse produce BEFORE you peel it, so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.
4. Gently rub produce while holding under plain running water. There’s no need to use soap or a produce wash.
5. Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers.
6. Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.
7. Remove the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage.