Tips for washing fruits and vegetables. Post your ideas.
Bicarbonate of soda is a good way to disinfect many of your fresh fruits and veggies (such as tomatoes or apples, etc). Just sprinkle with a little baking soda, cover with cold water, and soak a while. After about 15 minutes, I scrub softly with a brush for vegetables and then rinse the vegetables.
By Shirley (05/09/2005)
May not be a good idea for someone on a low salt diet as with hypertension. The baking soda is the same as salt and can be absorbed into the vegetables especially if they are eaten raw adding additional salt to your diet. (05/10/2005)
By Judy RN
To clean veggies and fruits from store or after harvest, put in a clean basin or sink with 1/4 cup vinegar and tablespoon of salt and it will draw out dirt and bugs. It helps clean off the wax film sprayed on by commercial growers, and helps clean off any pesticides that may be on them. I let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse with clear water.
By Dee (08/01/2005)
Today there are all kinds of fruit and vegetable washes on the market to buy. While in a health food store, not long ago, I asked the store owner what she uses to clean her fresh produce with at home. She replied "liquid dishsoap and water". I no longer purchase the $4.95 bottle of veggie wash, as I used to, when I have dish soap as a staple anyway!
By Terri (08/15/2005)
I am so glad I am not the only one who uses dish soap on my veggies and fruits! My husband and friends think I am crazy for doing this. I don't use a lot, just a drop or two in a bowl and dip the food in and out a few times and rinse. Makes me feel they are clean. (08/15/2005)
I use just a teaspoon of salt, I used to juice and was told by juicer to do this. My doc says the
teaspoon of salt is OK for a large mixing bowl of water. Doctor is just glad I am now eating healthy fruits and veggies instead of fastfood. (08/15/2005)
We know that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to get essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. But what are the best ways to handle fresh fruits and vegetables before eating them?
Here are some things to remember when preparing fruits and vegetables:
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Source: cdc.gov - Date last reviewed: 07/07/2005
Content source: Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (10/11/2005)
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