Saturday, October 27, 2012

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash

I wanted to share how I wash my fruits and veggies. I wish that I lived on a farm and could grow everything we needed but I must buy a great deal and it has always bothered me what may be lurking on our fruits and veggies. I have no idea frankly how much this removes but I love cleaning the produce this way and when you see the water afterwards it seems to be working pretty well.

First, when I come home from the produce store I wash all the fruits and veggies right away. I take a giant bowl and fill with cold water and one cup of white distilled vinegar. I then submerge as much as I can and let soak for 30 minutes.



If you can see the water it is nice and clear here.


As I remove the first batch I rinse really well with clean water and let dry for a bit on the counter before storing.

I go ahead and add the second batch of produce to the existing water and vinegar and repeat the soaking and rinsing.


See that water. It is now cloudy and you will see little bugs floating in there too with lots of silt and dirt on the bottom of the bowl. Nothing tastes like vinegar and we can just grab the fruit and eat without washing once I am done with this quick process.


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16 comments:

Susan said...

Good idea to use cold water and vinegar. I usually fill up a dish pan with warm water and Dawn dish detergent, soak everything, then rinse. I cannot stand the thought of pesticides but with store bought produce, they are a fact of life. Susan

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Never thought of the vinegar. Great suggestion. Hugs, Marty

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

such a great idea. i've always been iffy about the whole thing. (:

Jen Vandervoort said...

It's a great idea, and in my opinion anything that removes even a little pesticide is great.

The vinegar is wonderful at stopping the bacteria from growing on soft fruits, like raspberries, and strawberries, and making them last so much longer also.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Great tip with the vinegar!

Kris said...

Good idea!!!
Hope you guys are all feeling better now!!
xo Kris

Barbara F. said...

This is a real eye opener for me and I will be doing this from now on! xo


Sweet Tea said...

Vinegar is a great idea. Thanks!

Precious said...

Oh that water in the bowl at the end is just gross. Thanks for this tip.

Debra said...

I had a feeling I was going to get grossed out once you said to notice how clear the water was in the beginning. OK CLEARLY I am not washing my stuff enough and your post reinforced that. Amazing! :) It's a good tip! :)

Chenille Cottage said...

Thanks, Elaine, for the great tip. I was just given a 40 pound box of apples and now I know how i will be cleaning them.
Blessings, my sweet friend,
Carolynn

NanaNor's said...

Hi Elaine, I always rinse my produce off before we use it but I like rinsing it in vinegar. I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, Noreen

Sam I Am...... said...

Great idea. I always wash mine when I get home too. I throw anything that can be scrubbed into soapy water and scrub with a vegetable brush but your idea is great for those delicate items like grapes, brusssel sprouts, lettuce etc. thanks for that great tip!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Brilliant idea! I usually use detergent, but vinegar is much healthier I would think. These are the tips I appreciate!!! :D

Prims and Annies said...

I do the same thing..only with a salad I will vinegar/water soak and spin out water. I did a post on vinegar and grapes if you would like to visit my blog. And the taste of vinegar does not remain on grapes.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Cool, looks like it really works! I'll keep this in mind for the future.

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