Spend a little time in other people’s kitchens, and you will quickly see that there are many different perspectives on the how and whether to wash fresh fruits and veggies.
A: Looks clean to me‘I don’t rinse produce unless I can actually see dirt. I usually just give an apple a quick rub on my t-shirt before eating. Hasn’t killed me yet!’B: Everything needs a little rinse‘I always rinse fruits and veggies under the faucet before I eat or cook them. For something like potatoes, I use a scrub brush. I think that removes most of the pesticides and dirt.’C: You can’t clean without products‘I wash all my produce thoroughly — either with dish soap or vinegar. I need to pick up another bottle of ‘veggie wash’ as well. Without cleaning products, how could I be sure me fruits and veggies are safe to eat?’
FDA recommends washing all of your fresh produce under running water just before you eat or cook them, but not using any soaps or cleaning products. Then dry with paper towels or a clean dish cloth.
Delicate produce [like fresh berries or lettuce]A thorough rinse will do the trick.Firm produce [such as apples or bell peppers]
Use a scrub brush while rinsing — but not the one you use on dishes — to gently remove any dirt and pesticides.
Washing fruits and veggies helps to ensure that you get the most benefit and the least risk out of all the produce you slip into your healthy-but-stealthy family meals.
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