How to Properly Wash Your Produce

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When it comes eating more fruits and vegetables, there are a few simple steps that can keep your food safe and clean while reducing the risk of food-borne illnesses. Pre-made produce washes are all the popular craze these days and while they can serve a purpose, they are also expensive and not necessary. Before investing in a pre-made produce wash, try this DIY recipe that is not only easy to make and extremely effective but also guaranteed not to break the bank!

Simply Clean:

  • 2 cups of cold water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well and pour into a spray bottle. When ready to clean produce, spray 2-3 times and let sit for 2 minutes. Rinse off with tap water before consuming.

Besides properly cleaning your produce, here are a few other tips to keep things safe and clean as you plan to pump up your produce intake in 2019!

  • For produce that contains skin, gently rub produce under plain water before peeling to prevent dirt and bacteria from passing between knife and fruit or vegetables.
  • For items that are a little firmer, such as potatoes, cucumbers or melons, gently rub with a produce brush before cutting.
  • Get in the habit of drying produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to reduce any additional bacteria that may be present.
  • Always use separate cutting boards for raw meats, fruits, and vegetables to avoid cross-contamination. Color-coded cutting boards can be useful to help remember what is used for what.

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