Hubby asked me once, "Do you really need to wash that? We just pulled it out of the garden!"
If the look I gave him wasn't enough it also came with a mini lecture and here's my take on it to share with all of you.
So I'm sure that all of us know to wash conventional produce (or at least I hope you do!) but did you know that you should wash any produce that you prepare?
Why wash organic produce?
Even though the produce is grown organically it's still sprayed with organic treatments and even though those my be non-toxic it's still a good idea to clean them off before you eat the produce. All produce, even organic, brings a risk of bacteria from being transported from where ever it came from so washing also helps remove this if it's present.
Why wash garden produce?
Let me ask you this...would you go outside, play with a couple bugs and then stick your hands in your mouth? Of course not! You may not spray anything on your garden produce, organic or otherwise but there is still dirt and bugs that have been on it. It's a good idea to wash it off before you use it.
Do I have to wash all produce?
Yes, all of it. Even the produce with a thick skin that you don't intend to eat. You are still going to use a knife to cut that produce and the knife will come in contact with the outside of the fruit or veggie and the inside part that you will be eating.
How do I properly wash produce?
Just like you'd wash your hands. Spray or drop produce wash onto the item and rub it under a steady stream of water for a good 20-30 seconds. For berries or other smaller produce, place in a colander and spray with produce wash. Toss under running water until clean.
For produce wash I prefer the BioKleen brand. It's nice and thick but not too thick that I can't keep it in a spray bottle. It's all natural and non-toxic too. What's the use of having a produce wash if it adds more chemicals to your food?
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