How to clean fruits and vegetables?
Whenever asked to eat healthy food, we resort to fruits and veggies. The vitamins, minerals, and nutrients present inside them make fruits and vegetables a healthy and nutritious food choice. What if these merits inside fruits and vegetables are nullified by the way their outsides are processed?
The chemical pesticides used to keep insects away from food items can nullify their merits. Therefore, it is crucial to wash fruit and vegetable. The fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic amplifies the importance of food safety.
The following are certain Dos and Don'ts when it comes to cleaning fruit and veggies.
- Buy fresh produce. You may find fresh produce at a farmers market or a grocery store near you.
- Wash your produce with cold water. You can place your produce under running water.
- Leafy greens like coriander, spinach, and mint require extra attention as they might contain a little bit of soil.
- Root vegetables such as beets, carrots, or potatoes are usually peeled before eating. Wash them thoroughly before peeling them.
- Wash your hands before you peel, chop, dice, or cook your veggies and fruits.
- Wash multiple times. In times of pandemics like the current Coronavirus outbreak, you must wash vegetables before you eat irrespective of whether they are washed before or not.
- Buy from unknown sources. Make sure you buy your produce from a known, trusted producer or retailer. That way, you can make sure that you are sold fresh and clean produce.
- Use any produce wash. Many brands now sell produce washes for cleaning fruit and vegetable. Such produce washes contain chemicals that may harm you.
- Bleach. Some suggest that bleaching produce keeps germs away. It also poses a risk of burning your intestines and stomach lining.
- Refrigerate wet veggies. It is essential to dry your fruits and veggies before refrigerating them; otherwise, the risk of food spoiling increases significantly. Use a paper towel to wipe your fruits and vegetables or spread your veggies, especially leafy greens, to dry them.