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How to Wash Produce

How to Clean Produce: Because Rinsing Is Not Enough

One of the main reasons I buy organic produce is to eliminate the risk of pesticides from my diet. Even with a good wash, I'm still paranoid that I can't get everything off. And since any produce — organic or not — is handled considerably before it makes it to the market, washing is a must. But the washing part has always been a bit confusing. Is water enough, and should it be hot? Does produce need to soak or spin? And, is vinegar or another type of produce wash needed?

Well, thank you, New York Times! This week, it published a story answering all of the above, and here's the skinny: first off, you better be washing that produce. In order to remove pesticides from produce, rub any fruits and veggies while rinsing them with tap water. Removing microorganisms like E. coli is a little trickier. For that, you'll need a vinegar-water solution: nine parts water to one part vinegar. To be on the safe side, clean any produce with a vinegar solution, then finish it up with a 30-second rinse under the tap. Done and done!

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