How to Properly Clean Your Veggies and Fruit

When you think about all the things that fruits and veggies come in contact with before they reach your kitchen, you will definitely want to wash them well before consuming. Not only are they handled by multiple people, they grew outside for months in the dirt, and spent their time in warehouses and trucks between times.

There are a few excellent ways to properly clean your veggies and fruit so they are dirt and germ-free, have no pesticide residue or waxy coating, and are ready to eat for a healthy snack or part of a meal.

1 – Wash your hands, cutting board, kitchen knife, and anything else you will use to prepare the produce first. You do not want to cross-contaminate with dirty fingers or meat juices.

2 – Remove all supermarket stickers, brown spots, dead leaves, holes, and other unsightly blemishes from the fruit and vegetables first. You are not going to eat these, so do not bother washing them.

3 – Clean, cool water from the tap or bottle is extremely effective at removing everything you do not want to eat along with your crisp apple or steamed broccoli. For more thorough cleaning, a solution of three parts water to one part white vinegar can help. Beware the taste of vinegar on delicate produce though.

4 – Get a bit rough with hard-skinned fruits and veggies. Use a vegetable brush, scrubber pad, or rough towel to rub down your zucchini, cucumbers, hearty apples, and root vegetables like carrots even if you intend to peel them.

5 – Soak produce with a lot of tiny pieces like grapes or with complicated structures like broccoli and cauliflower. Leaf lettuces and spinach can be washed a few leaves at a time for best results. Make sure they are dried again before storage.