>> Thursday, August 14, 2014
We all know that a lot of store-bought produce is covered in pesticides and other chemicals. Even organics aren't immune to some nasty stuff, and when foods come straight from the ground -- there's still dirt to contend with. Thankfully, there's an easy solution that costs only pennies. That's right! You don't need those bottles of mass-produced produce wash to eat clean -- quite literally!
I'll be the first to admit that I didn't always give much thought to washing my fruits and vegetables. I used to grab an apple for lunch and then buff it on my shirt sleeve. Now that I have a hungry toddler running around, I certainly have changed my tune. And this process is so simple, it's really become quite automatic.
Note: For greens and berries I follow a different method. I'll be sure to cover that another day.
// STEP 1: SELECT YOUR PRODUCE
You know, the heartier stuff. Oh, and be sure to inspect your foods to look for signs of spoilage -- mold, etc. -- weed out the bad and keep the good.
// STEP 2: SOAKMake sure your kitchen sink is clean or place a large bowl/basin down and fill it with cold tap water. Toss whatever you wish to wash inside. If I have really dirty fruit and veggies, I also toss in (up to) a quarter cup of vinegar for good measure.
A splash will do for smaller loads.
// STEP 3: SQUIRT CASTILE SOAPOn my list of Castile Soap Uses, I divulged that we use castile in our foaming hand wash dispensers. (It works beautifully!) We also use it to clean veggies, but if a whole bottle isn't nearby, I squirt a few foaming squirt-fuls into my soaking dish and mix around. Then I let the whole thing soak for a few minutes, maybe 5 total.
That's really all it takes to help dissolve the dirt and grime.
// STEP 4: SCRUB TO DRY + USEI then rinse everything quickly with some fresh water (to get the soap and vinegar off, etc.) and take a damp tea towel and scrub my veggies until they are as clean as I can get them. I sometimes use a toothbrush on potatoes. And just wait till you see what I used these delicious local carrots in -- a yellow split pea soup!
So delicious . . .
Does this look like your produce-washing process?
Have you always taken time to wash your fruits and veggies?
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