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How to Wash Your Fruits and Veggies Like Pros

By Genevieve Smith

Fruits and veggies are a nutritional delight, but they can carry some not-so-friendly microorganisms (and pesticides if they’re non-organic). All produce is not created equally, so one must treat them like individuals and wash them differently! Keep in mind that once you’ve washed your nutrient-dense friends, you should promptly eat them. Avoid washing then storing for later consumption, as bacteria can set up shop in the interim.

How To Make Your Produce Shine

  • Apples and Firm Produce - Rub under cool water for 30-60 seconds, with the goal of working away the waxy residue

  • Berries and Grapes - First, sort through your little gems and remove the crushed or moldy unfortunates. They can spread microorganisms. Rinse the rest under running water.  

  • Carrots and Root Vegetables - Use a scrub brush for this dirt-dwelling bunch. And remember to keep up with regular brush maintenance to keep it clean, too!

  • Herbs - Swirl herbs in a bowl of cool water, then gently pat dry.

  • Leafy Greens - If you’re working with a single head, chop off the base and pick off dried or perishing leaves. Put them out of their misery, and allow them to move on to a better place -- your trash can. Then soak your winning leaves into a cool bath of fresh water for several minutes. Up your cleaning game by adding a half-cup of distilled white vinegar to the soak, but it isn’t necessary. Finish up by rinsing leaves under fresh, running water for a half-minute or so. Pat dry, or use a salad spinner if you’re feeling fancy.   

  • Mushrooms - OK, I didn’t realize this, but here’s a lifehack for us all -- a soft brustled brush. Gently scrub, and wipe away any dirt with a damp paper towel. You’re welcome.

  • Melons and Other Rinded Produce - It’s just as important to wash fruits with exteriors you don’t eat, as microorganisms can be transferred inside when you slice or peel. So give those cantaloupe, avocados andoranges a good rub under the tap before you delve in!

  • Peaches and Soft Fruit - Be gentle on these little buggers before you take a bite out of them. Give them a light wash under running water, then dry off and dig in.

Skip the bleaches or artificial cleaners. All you need is fresh water, preferably that which is no more that 10 degrees cooler than your produce! Remember to wash your hands, knives, and cutting boards for a fully executed produce priming. Happy eating.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

From: Reader's Digest Best Health

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