The Best Way to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

The Best Way to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

Canteloupe Buying organic produce may obviate the need to wash pesticides off your produce, but the recent deadly Listeria outbreak attributed to pesticide-free cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado makes it clear that we really should wash pretty much all produce – even the ones with a protective skin or rind we don't eat.  Melody Joy Kramer's NPR article Lettuce Learn How To Wash Produce is a good level-headed guide to appropriate techniques for different kind of produce.  Two interesting take-aways:

1. Soaps, vegetable washes or bleach are no better than plain water and appropriate technique.

2. There's no way to clean sprouts — so people at risk (elderly, immune-compromised etc.) shouldn't eat them.

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