How to Store and Clean Your Fruits and Vegetables
At MiraBurstTM, we love to share information that will benefit your efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle. Below are some quick tips for cleaning and storing your fruits and vegetables to rid them of any dirt, germs, and pesticides. Cleaning should be done even if you will peel your fruits and vegetables, like oranges and pineapples.
You might have the habit of taking your produce out of its plastic bags before adding it to your vegetable drawer in the refrigerator, but don’t! Instead, keep it in the bags to protect it from any bacteria in your vegetable drawer, making sure to open the bags slightly to let moisture escape. This prevents mold from forming.
Plain water works wonders as a rinse. Before using your fruits and vegetables, place them under your water tap and use cold running water to rinse your produce for 30 to 60 seconds. Letting the running water rinse your produce for this extended period of time decreases to likelihood of consuming any bacteria or germs.
While rinsing your produce, you can also scrub it gently with your hands to loosen any dirt. A toothbrush can be used to clean deep crevices, like the top of an apple. If your fruits or vegetables are firm, a vegetable brush can also help.
In general, only leafy greens like romaine lettuce, kale, and spinach require soaking to clean properly. This is because dirt clings to the leaves of these types of vegetables. Simply soak the leaves in a container of clean, cold water for a couple of minutes and then dry with a salad spinner. If you don’t have a spinner, gently pat the leaves dry between layers of paper towels.
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