Lots of people touch, sniff and sneeze on produce — from the farm to the grocery store. So even if you’re enjoying organic and local farmers market fruit and veggies, you’re bound to encounter dirt and germs (and some pesticide residues) from all the caring hands it passes through.
But don’t buy fancy produce washes. Make your own! It’s cheaper and avoids plastic containers.
Tip: Wash produce before eating, NOT before storing (which will make it rot faster).
Tip: Firm-skinned produce, such as melons and citrus fruits, needs warm water, a scrub and rinse. Soft-skinned produce, such as strawberries or grapes, needs a soak for a few minutes.
|Wash produce before eating, NOT before storing, to prevent rot.|
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