How to Wash Vegetables and Fruits to
Washing produce – even organic produce- is important to prevent food-borne illness and substantially reduce your exposure to pesticides.
Most people rinse their produce under cold running water. While this removes dirt and some pesticides, scientists have found that soaking in salt water, a vinegar solution, or a mixture of baking soda and water before washing, reduces the amount of pesticides more than plain water.
Salt water and vinegar solutions can affect the taste of the fruits and vegetables adversely, so we prefer to use a baking soda solution. An ounce of baking soda mixed with a gallon of water was found to completely remove pesticide residues both on the surface and beneath the skin.
The Baking Soda Method
- Fill a large bowl or dish pan with warm water.
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda and mix well.
- Place the fruits and vegetables in the water
- Soak for a minute or two.
- Scrub the fruits and vegetables with your Cestari Fruit and Vegetable Scrubber Brush to remove surface debris.
- Rinse under cold water.
Vegetable Scrubber Use
Holding the fruit or vegetable in the palm of one hand and the scrubber in the other gently scrub any dirt from the produce. When scrubbing produce with a thin skin such as potatoes or tomatoes be careful not to scrub all the peel.
Vegetable Scrubber Care
This scrubber can be rinsed and air dried. It is also dishwasher safe so it can be sterilized between uses.
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