Rinsing them in water alone won't always do a great job of washing away what's on the produce. There are commercial brands of fruit & veggie washes at the stores, but for mere pennies you can mix your own up.
It's important to wash all produce, even melons, avocado's etc. because in cutting through the unwashed rinds, you may transfer "icky's" to the inside edible parts.
I recommend two versions: Spray Bottle and Soak methods. I prefer using the soak method for softer skinned tiny fruits/veggies such as grapes, strawberries, blue berries, etc. as well as my apples. The soak method helps strip off the store wax (if you want it off, it's personal preference) a bit better.
The spray method perfect for harder skinned fruits/veggies is great in it's easy and quickness of use. I love to spritz over all my peppers, green onions, radishes, celery, etc. then rinse and store. Apples too, are great for this especially if you are short on time for the longer soak method.
Both recipes use the same ingredients, just in slightly different proportions: water, vinegar and lemon juice. This works better than plain water because the acid in the vinegar and lemon juice help to kill any bacteria, as well as strip the wax and pesticides off of the produce.
1 cup water
1 cup vinegar,
2 Tablespoons lemon juice.
Gently shake to mix. Store in refrigerator between uses.
To use: Spray produce, let it sit for 1-2 minutes, then rinse well.
1 cup vinegar
4 Tablspoons lemon juice
Soak fruits/veggies for at least a 2-5 minutes. Remove from soak and rinse well.
Jan's tips: from budget101.com I found these additional great tips:
- When washing, pay particular attention to the stem areas of fruits where it is easier for dirt and pesticides to accumulate.
- Root Vegetables should be soaked for several minutes
- Leafy Greens require approximately 2 minutes of Soaking for best results- you'll notice that this makes your greens more crisp and fresh tasting as well!
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