The truth is, you don’t need detergent, bleach solutions or special sprays to properly clean produce. All you need is water. We promise it’s just for eliminating pesticide residues.
How to properly clean fruits and veggies
The best way to reduce the number of unwanted germs is by washing produce under running water that’s no colder than 10 degrees cooler than the produce. Rinse produce under running water for 30 to 60 seconds – there’s no need for soaking. Then, rub the produce briskly to remove dirt and surface germs.
And before preparing produce, clean countertops, knives, and cutting boards. Also, give your hands a thorough cleaning with soap and water.
Do your best to avoid avoid having fruits and vegetables stored for a long time by buying locally grown produce and preparing it within five days. Remember that washing then storing produce can speed bacterial growth and spoilage. So wait to wash fruits and vegetables until right before using.
What needs rinsing and why
Different types of produce require different kinds of cleaning. On the next page, you’ll find an easy guide for cleaning the produce you always cook with at home.