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Cleaning Fresh Produce
Most produce in the supermarket has a chemical film on it to help preserve the food while travelling from the farm to your store. Not to mention they accumulate bacteria, dust and more during shipping and at the supermarket!
Properly cleaning your produce at home is easy.
- Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and ensure your sink is clean.
- In your sink or a large bowl, combine 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water.
- Wash according to below:
- For potatoes and other root vegetables be sure to use a brush to remove all the dirt before washing in the vinegar mixture. Let soak 5 minutes, scrub and rinse well.
- For leafy greens including lettuce, separate leaves and soak for 2-3 minutes. Rinse well.
- For vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers and carrots submerge in the water for a few minutes, rinse under cool water. Dry with a towel or paper towels. Store in the refrigerator.
- For edible skinned produce (apples, peaches, pears) soak them for a few minutes. Gently rub each piece while it is in the vinegar mixture. Rinse under cool water and rub dry with paper towels (this step has been shown to reduce bacteria).
- It is still a good idea to wash skinned produce (avocados, oranges, melons etc.) to remove any contaminants before you cut into it.
Sources FDA Food Facts University of Maine