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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:39 pm 
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how do you guys clean your produce?
the farm we get our CSA stuff from is not certified organic but they say they try really hard to use very little pesticides and i believe i read somewhere they try natural methods or something.

for any produce i get whether it be from our CSA, the grocery store, or stuff out of my sad pathetic garden i spray it with a solution of half white vinegar and half water and then rinse it under the tap.
if its like a potato or something that i will eat with the skin on and might have some dirt to be scrubbed off i use a little scrubby thing too but usually i just rinse

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Our CSA is organic so I don't worry about pesticides so much, but I do worry about like, soil borne diseases. CSA stuff seems to be dirtier in general than grocery store produce here so I really can't convince even myself that it's okay because someone else washed it first.

Lately I soak most things in some cold water in my salad spinner bowl (which is huge), then dump it out, give it a rinse in the meshy bit of the salad spinner, then spin it dry. This is just for lettuce & other greens though. Things with peels I just rinse before peeling unless they're visibly dirty, in which case I too do the little scrubby brush.

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oooh oooh ooh let me share my awesome tip!!! ( i dont know why i get so excited about this)

one of the tips for washing greens we got from our CSA people is to soak them like you are doing but add some salt into the water and swish it around. that helps "release" any bugs attached.

then obviously rinse with water to get the salt off

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LisaPunk wrote:
oooh oooh ooh let me share my awesome tip!!! ( i dont know why i get so excited about this)

one of the tips for washing greens we got from our CSA people is to soak them like you are doing but add some salt into the water and swish it around. that helps "release" any bugs attached.

then obviously rinse with water to get the salt off


I've been doing the salted water soak as per your suggestion and it really seems to work. So that's neat.

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I screwed up my dill yesterday by not completely rinsing it off before putting it back on the cutting board to chop. And then my chickpea omelettes were gritty. It was disgusting. Nomnomnom CRUNCH!

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I just rinse most produce with cold water. For leafy greens, I do swish them around in a huge metal bowl of water, emptying it and refilling until all the grit and (sorry) baby slugs are gone, followed by a last rinse. For hard veggies, I also have a little scrubby brush, and I do soak it in dilute bleach solution occasionally.

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Moon wrote:
LisaPunk wrote:
oooh oooh ooh let me share my awesome tip!!! ( i dont know why i get so excited about this)

one of the tips for washing greens we got from our CSA people is to soak them like you are doing but add some salt into the water and swish it around. that helps "release" any bugs attached.

then obviously rinse with water to get the salt off


I've been doing the salted water soak as per your suggestion and it really seems to work. So that's neat.

Me too!


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 Post subject: Re: cleaning your produce
PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:16 pm 
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Moon wrote:
LisaPunk wrote:
oooh oooh ooh let me share my awesome tip!!! ( i dont know why i get so excited about this)

one of the tips for washing greens we got from our CSA people is to soak them like you are doing but add some salt into the water and swish it around. that helps "release" any bugs attached.

then obviously rinse with water to get the salt off


I've been doing the salted water soak as per your suggestion and it really seems to work. So that's neat.


yay! our CSA stuff is only lightly rinsed so there is a lot of dirt and critters on the greens so it's being working well for me.

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oh yeah my stuff isn't rinsed at all. I found some critters on my last bunch of kale and the salt trick worked really well - so I am sticking with it.

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Man, I am disgusting with produce. At most I do a quick rinse, but we had crunchy dirty sauteed beet greens last night so it looks like I'll be putting to use some of the ideas in this thread!

I haven't been washing the kale from my garden though and it's been fine thanks to thundershowers that come conveniently right before I harvest.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:17 am 
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That salt trick is genius. Thanks, LP!

I use that veggie soap stuff for veggies I scrub and I make a dilute solution to soak greens. I've heard it's not great but I like using soap and I think I can taste the fragrances added to dish soap.

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yay!!!!

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I always wash everything - be it from the shop (where I mostly buy organic anyway if I can afford it) or from my balcony (where I simply HAVE to wash stuff since we do have a lot of particle pollution hereabouts due to some heavy traffic).


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 Post subject: Re: cleaning your produce
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A little vinegar in the water will wash off chemical in veggies and fruits. But most of the time I just use the cold running water from the faucet.


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 Post subject: Re: cleaning your produce
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traditional old salad spinner here for leafy greens ... everything else (mostly organic from Abel & Cole) gets a cold wash & rub ...

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vijita wrote:
Man, I am disgusting with produce.


I used to be, but the last time I bought a big bag of leafy greens (grocery store, bagged in plastic, looked clean), there was a SNAIL living inside! Not a tiny snail, either, its shell had about a nickel's diameter.

This is also the story of how I adopted a snail.

Now I wash my produce, and THOROUGHLY.

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