So you’ve gathered up all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables and now you’re ready to cook with them or eat them raw. Before you do they obviously need to be washed. What seems like a simple enough task can actually be a bit tricky.
Are you the type that runs cold water over them and considers them clean? Maybe you leave them to soak in a bowl of water, or perhaps you have another method you like to use. In this story, we’ll take a look at the best ways to wash your fresh vegetables and fruits.
Straight from the Garden
Now if you’re getting your produce straight from your own garden, then it’s a little less confusing on how to go about it. You’ve seen the conditions the item has grown in, and you know that no pesticides have been used on it. This means you can do with just a simple wash using water.
What’s interesting is that a study was done at the University of Maine. The study showed that washing your fruits and vegetables with plain old water tends to get rid of approximately 98% of the bacteria. When talking about homegrown items, 98% is usually a strong enough number.
Vegetable and Fruit Washes
There are some products on the market that claim to wash the bacteria from fruits and vegetables. While you may be tempted to give them a try, they don’t usually perform any better than plain old water according to that same study at the University of Maine.
A Thorough Cleaning
So if in fact, you are buying your items from a local farm, market, or store then you’ll want to take a more thorough approach to wash. First off steer clear of using detergent or soap on the vegetables and fruits. As well make sure you wash your own hands well before you begin handling the produce. You may want to invest in a vegetable brush to help with the process, just be sure you only use it for vegetables so you aren’t contaminating it.
For extra cleaning, you can create a solution that uses one part white vinegar to three parts of water. Soak the produce in this solution and then rinse them well with clean water. This won’t ensure your produce lasts longer, it’s just meant to give it a really good cleaning if that’s what you’re looking for.