Many of you have reached out asking us for tips regarding how to properly wash and clean fruits and vegetables amid the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic. There was an article of an individual contaminating by coughing over 35K worth of produce so it's understandable how top priority this is. Cleaning fruits and vegetables is key especially if they are not organic and are conventional. We want to remove as much harmful germs, bacteria and chemicals, as possible before we cut and utilize them.
When choosing produce (fruits and vegetables), make sure that they are the fullest and the freshest of all selections. For leafy greens you want to make sure that they are not wilted or have sunlight damage and for fruits make sure the skin is not punctured and that there are no bruises. Freshness is very important for retaining all of the phyto and micro-nutrients.
After choosing the fullest and freshest produce we want to make sure that all dirt, pesticides, germs and bacteria are removed at all cost. Here are some steps to help you:
Step 1: Remove from the package and begin to sort out the wilted or damaged leaves from the greens.
Step 2: Before cleansing your fruits in the apple cider vinegar solution (shared with you below) or your favorite produce cleanser; disinfect your sink and remove all stickers from your produce.
Step 3: Use a produce brush to scrub firm produce like melons, carrot, potatoes before cutting open. Let air dry or dry produce with a paper towel or clean cloth towel.
FIRST SANITIZE YOUR SINK
It's important to sanitize your sink especially if you cook products that can cause cross-contamination like meat products. Sanitize by cleaning the sink, plug the drain and fill the washbasin with a gallon of warm water. Add in a tablespoon of bleach. Use a sponge or washcloth; wipe down the back-splash, faucet, handles and surrounding areas. Let sit at least 5-10 minutes. Rinse and allow to air dry
PRODUCE CLEANING SOLUTION
- 1/2 cup vinegar (regular or Apple cider vinegar is fine)
- 1 full sink of cold water
2 tbsp baking soda (optional)
- Soak for 10-15 minutes before rising thoroughly
For leafy greens like kale, collards,spinach etc. Make sure to lift up from the water so the dirt and sand stays at the bottom of the sink or container.
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