Avoid Bacteria and Parasites with this easy trick:
I was told by my doctor to always soak my fresh fruits and vegetables in a vinegar-water solution in order to prevent sickness from nasty bacteria and potential parasites. Best advice!!
Plus, it’s a good way to rid the wax that coats many fruits and vegetables.
Factoid: Did you know, a mixture of white vinegar/water is powerful enough to kill bacteria such as salmonella and E-coli?
It’s a good idea to soak your fresh eggs in this mixture.
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I will share with you something gross that I witnessed at the grocery store a few years back:
As I was browsing the fruits and vegetable aisle of our local supermarket, this pre-teen boy caught my attention and I noticed he was attempting to spit on the fresh celery!! I looked to see if his mother would notice him, but she was well on her way. Needless to say, I was in disbelief!! I stared at him and I guess he must have felt the burn of my stare because he looked at me and for some reason or other, he discontinued his mischievous act. Instant nausea overcame me at the thought of what might just end up on my produce!
So, whenever I feel it’s too much trouble to soak my fruits and veggies, that haunting picture pops in my head and I just can’t help myself, I automatically wash all of my produce in a solution of vinegar and water.
You can use apple cider vinegar, which is the vinegar I prefer for cooking with, but I just use white vinegar when it comes to cleaning fruits and veggies.
I usually let them sit in the water and add a large plate on top of the bowl so that the veggies can be submerged in the vinegar-water solution.
I don’t really pay too much attention to the amount of time I’m soaking them, because I set it all up while I’m doing other things. So, I could be leaving it there for a good 10-15 minutes or so.
Although I’m not always too fussy about the quantity of vinegar per bowl of water, I recently learned that it’s best to mix 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Some even use a 50/50 mixture.
*Some people will use their kitchen sink to do this (I prefer to use a clean large bowl). If you are going to use the sink, remember to give it a good wash before.
Once the soaking is done, I rinse them under cold water, wipe them dry and store them in the refrigerator.
I love having my vegetables all washed and ready to eat!