I’ve gone more years not washing produce than I would like to admit. I got lazy.
Then I found an easy method to get it done that works for me. It’s not genius, it’s quite the opposite. But it works and that’s what counts, right?
I shop for produce once a week. Once I’m done unpacking the groceries, I clean all produce immediately. Then I cut it up to make snacking easy.
Do Produce Rinses Work?
Next time you are tempted to buy produce rinses (I’ve got a few bottles myself), save yourself the money and buy a gallon of white vinegar. Cooks Illustrated did a test of various produce cleaning solutions and found that white vinegar removed 98% of the bacteria.
Researchers at the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Tennessee State University tested dilute vinegar against plain water and a commercial product called Veggie Wash that they purchased at a grocery store. “We really did not really find the veggie washes effective or necessary.”
How to Wash Produce with Vinegar
1. Fill up a bowl with 24 ounces of water, depending on the amount of produce.
2. Add the 8 ounces of white vinegar and stir. (3 to 1 ratio of water to vinegar)
3. Add the produce to the mixture.
4. Let sit for a couple minutes.
6. Cut off stems and blossoms as bacteria can get trapped in them.