Homemade Vegetable and Fruit Wash

I haven’t been able to visit the local farmers market, and probably won’t, for the next couple of weeks. I work shifts as they come available and, during the summer, this is frequently weekends and Fridays. Those are the days that everyone wants to take off so those are the days I end up working. Which means no farmer’s market for me. Since I’m not purchasing veggies there I do the next best thing. I get them from a local store (not a big chain store) that buys from local farms or ones that are a state or two away. To me that’s better than having produce that’s travelled several thousand miles across the ocean before it reaches the market.

The one thing about produce that has been grown locally and quickly shipped to the store is it needs a bit more cleaning than the stuff that’s been sprayed with wax or picked while they have not ripened yet and then artificially made ripe by using gas. I have no problems giving my produce as extra scrub if it means better quality and taste. If you check in your local grocery store, usually where all the produce is located, you’ll see one of many commercially available vegetable washes. I’m sure they all work just fine but they cost a small fortune. Given the amount of fresh vegetables and fruit we eat I’d easily go through a bottle in no time. Instead of buying vegetable and fruit wash I now make my own.

Homemade Vegetable and Fruit Wash/Spray

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 cup of water

Place all of the ingredients into a spray bottle and gently shake to mix. Spray on your fruits and vegetables and allow it to sit for 5 minutes then rinse under water.

Homemade Vegetable and Fruit Soak

1/2 cup of vinegar

2 tablespoons of salt

Fill a clean sink with water and add in the vinegar and salt. Mix with your hands. Place your fruit and vegetables in the water and allow to soak for 10 to 15 minutes. You can use a soft brush to scrub any fruits and vegetables that have a firm skin. Don’t forget to wash fruits such as melons before cutting them open. After soaking, rinse under fresh water.

Other tips:

– Don’t forget to clean and sanitize your refrigerator produce draw.

– Don’t soak mushrooms. They will absorb the soaking water. To clean them simply run under water to remove any debris.

– You can use both the spray as well as the soak if desired.

– Empty spray bottles can easily be found at your local hardware store. They can also be found in beauty supply shops.

What do you use to clean your produce? A commercial spray or your own homemade mix?

Photo: floridecires



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