Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DIY Veggie/Fruit Wash and Why It's A Good Idea {Delightfully Nesting}

Today's tutorial is so easy, it's ridiculous.

You may have heard/seen before that vinegar is good for cleaning fruits and vegetables-and that it will save you money ($1.50 vs $10 bottle of fruit wash). If you're like me, then you're skeptical. Or you may have thought meh, water is good enough-what's the big deal?

I washed my fruit in just water for 30 years of my life, which is definitely better than not washing them at all AND fairly effective. So, don't worry. This is not one of those fear-mongering posts about how all the pesticides and bacteria are slowly killing you. If you wash your produce in water, you're going to be OK! Whew.

I heard about vinegar as produce wash and saw that it was just as easy as washing with water, so I had to find out-is it really necessary? So, I did some research.

I found that washing produce with vinegar is only effective IF you use enough vinegar-a concentration of 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar. So, if you've heard that you can fill your sink with water and use one cup of vinegar-it's not enough!! (Best Food Facts)

I also learned that using a vinegar wash is very effective and actually a good idea. The editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine conducted an experiment and found that:
just water removed a little less than 85 percent of bacteria
A scrub brush plus water removed 85 percent of bacteria
Vinegar and water removed 98 percent of the bacteria
You can read about the study on NPR's website.

That was good enough reason for me.

So, all you need is:
  • vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • water
  • a spray bottle
Fill your bottle 1/3 way with vinegar and then fill the rest of the way with water. When washing produce, spray evenly over produce and rinse with cold water.

And no, your strawberries will not taste like vinegar!

Delightful Fruit Washing,

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