As much as I wish it would, our current budget doesn’t allow for me to buy all of our produce organic. When I go grocery shopping I try to aim for purchasing the dirty dozen organic and then stick to conventional or local for the remainder. I feel bad about the pesticides that we are probably consuming but right now there just isn’t a way around it.
So, I started looking for ways to help minimize our exposure and one of them was to wash our fruits and veggies in a vinegar wash.
Washing your produce in a vinegar and water solution helps to remove dirt, bacteria, and some pesticide residue. While it’s not perfect, it is something. To wash my fruits and veggies I simply do the following:
- Fill the sink with cold water. Add 1-2 cups of white vinegar.
- Add fruits and veggies and allow them to soak for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse the fruits and veggies and thoroughly rub them off while rinsing.
I use this wash for pretty much everything I buy: apples, peaches, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, squash, celery, carrots, asparagus, etc. You just want to avoid porous produce like mushrooms since they will absorb the vinegar mixture. If you thoroughly rinse the produce after the wash there is no trace of vinegar taste!
I have found that a lot of my produce, especially berries, tends to last longer in the refrigerator too! I just do the wash as part of my meal prep and call it a day: )