Clean Veggies With Water and Vinegar

Whatever you do, don't use anti-bacterial soap! You don't want any residue in you, and it's not that good anyway, and in time causes resistance in bacteria.

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Mostly just water soaking will take care of cleanliness, but if you want to be safer from corporate malfeasance, 1 part vinegar (apple cider is nice) to 4 parts water kills many harmful bacteria, according to Cook's among others.

That assumes you bought non-organic veggies, or maybe even organic if from a big distant company, not a local farmer.

Super-perfectionists have been known to spray everything first with food grade peroxide (H2O2), wait a few minutes, then vinegar. If it's a salad, just leave the vinegar on.

Source: Partly from Cook's Illustrated, but I don't have the issue. The rest I've collected over time.

By P from Sacramento, CA

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August 24, 20120 found this helpful

What did the article say about lettuce? That seems to be the culprit when you hear of someone getting sick.

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Wouldn't you need to open the lettuce head up to get the cleaner inside? Or maybe it would be best to do this wash on the individual leaves as you need them.

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August 24, 20120 found this helpful

I've been using vinegar for washing fruits/vegetables lately too. I use baking soda to scrub things like cukes, potatoes that I don't peel, apples etc.

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