Tuesday, May 31, 2011

5¢ Produce Wash

I can't always buy organic produce, it's not necessarily a cost issue, it's supply. I make pickles at least once a month and have never been able to find organic pickling cucumbers. I'm ok with that, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to wash the insects, chemicals and bacteria off first. Not only are conventionally grown products covered in herbicides and pesticides, think about all of the hands that have been molesting them throughout their life (organic is no exception to handling). From the field, to the warehouse, to the grocery store...that's a lot of hands! According to WebMD, 2 out of 3 Americans don't wash their hands. Ewww. Bacteria (Listeria, Salmonella and E. Coli) may be lurking on your fruits and vegetables, whether they are organically grown or conventionally grown. So let's talk about the cheapest wash available.

What you need:
Large pot or bowl
3 TBS Baking Soda

Fill your pot 3/4 full of water and mix in the baking soda. Add produce and make sure it's completely covered. Let stand for 10 minutes.

You can also give produce an extra scrub (especially if it's conventional).

*Some people use vinegar for a veggie wash, but I don't like the idea of that seeping into porous produce.

*Don't soak mushrooms! They will soak in all that water and loose flavor, just give them a good rinse and scrub.

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