01-04-2015, 05:54 AM
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I am not generally a produce washer. It wasn't in vogue as I learned to cook.
I do wash root vegetables if I am leaving the skins on. I also wash lettuce and broccoli as needed to remove visible dirt. I have a salad spinner/dryer but I hate using it.

I made a salad recently and both the bagged romaine lettuce and the cherry tomato container stated "Wash before using".

When I wash veggies it is to remove dirt. A cold water rinse works. Now with e. Coli and listeria this package mandate to wash seems like legal protection.

My question is: exactly how does one wash produce to remove harmbul bacteria yet still maintain edible quality?

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 01-04-2015, 08:11 AM
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Good question and I wish I actually knew. I've run across people who actually used a detergent, but then one has an additional problem of being certain it's removed. You don't want to eat detergent.

All I do is rinse it in clean water. When I was stationed in W.Germany we were told to make sure all the greens we ate were "washed" in this manner since they use(d) human excrement for fertilizer. I don't think it was treated in any way; one definitely knew when the honey wagon was at work. Mom would soak cauliflower, broccoli, and such in a salt "brine" for a time in the sink, but I think that was more for caterpillars than anything else.

There are produce "washes" that are sold but I never used any of them. Again, I just think that adding anything might cause additional problems.

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 01-04-2015, 08:23 AM
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Wash for me just means rinse well under cold running water. My wife will use a salad spinner at times if the bag does not say it's already washed.

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 01-04-2015, 11:45 AM
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Rinse under cold running water for me, too.

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 01-04-2015, 12:26 PM
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(01-04-2015, 08:23 AM)Bowhnter Wrote: Wash for me just means rinse well under cold running water. My wife will use a salad spinner at times if the bag does not say it's already washed.

(01-04-2015, 11:45 AM)freddy Wrote: Rinse under cold running water for me, too.
Same here.

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 01-04-2015, 01:36 PM
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I wash in cold too. Parsley is the dirtiest, and you have to really get in there with your hands or your sure to get dirt in your teeth.Biggrin

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 01-04-2015, 02:40 PM
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No amount of washing will eliminate bacterial contamination.
Aside from mechanical contaminants-aka soil ( saying 'dirt' was automatic F in my soils class) the concern is to REDUCE
chemical residue from pesticides and herbicides. Some produce obviously is safer due to thick skins;organic avocados are a fool's purchase while potatos are loaded with the stuff ( except sweet potatos).
Many times the water used to initially wash produce is itself contaminated; hence the wash again labels.

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 01-04-2015, 03:06 PM
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I always wash my fruits and vegies. Even if they are from my own garden. Birds, squirrels, etc poop and pee on everything so figured better safe than sorry lol. I too just do a cold water rinse. If its a root vegetable I have a very soft bristle brush that I use as well.

They make a cleaner/soap specifically for fruits & vegies but I have not tried it. I always see it in the produce section at Walmart.

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 01-04-2015, 03:20 PM
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I think my wife uses a mixture of distilled white vinegar and filtered water for all of our fruits & vegetables. for root vegetables, she uses a small brush to lightly scrub the skins to remove any dirt, etc.

the water is pretty nasty looking when she's done....

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 01-04-2015, 03:26 PM
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It's a good idea and from a hygienic standpoint smart.

How many hands touch these before ending up on your kitchen cutting board is
an unknown variable.

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 01-04-2015, 05:08 PM
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(01-04-2015, 03:20 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote: I think my wife uses a mixture of distilled white vinegar and filtered water for all of our fruits & vegetables. for root vegetables, she uses a small brush to lightly scrub the skins to remove any dirt, etc.

the water is pretty nasty looking when she's done....

Vinegar is good. It also a great to spritzer around the faucet and sink.

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 01-04-2015, 09:27 PM
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just don't wash my mushrooms. Angry

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 01-04-2015, 10:58 PM
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correction, the wife is using a hydrogen peroxide and water solution to wash our fruits and vegetables. something like this: http://www.gardenguides.com/96483-wash-f...oxide.html

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 01-04-2015, 11:30 PM
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I like that solution Andrew, no pun intended.

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 01-05-2015, 12:23 AM
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when i lived in certain places in asia i were required to use a nasty antibacterial named milton on certain produce, but in general: everything eaten was either peeled or boiled.

here in norway i wash in cold water (and perhaps scrub/peel) and inspect anything i prepare. never been sick from food, but became life threatening ill 3 years ago drinking from a clear running water in the forest were i live - the water was probably poisoned by a dead animal somewhere along its flow Blush

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 01-05-2015, 12:32 AM
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That's crazy Marius.

Andrew, you have a good wife!

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 01-05-2015, 12:50 AM
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milton or my illness? Biggrin

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 01-05-2015, 01:10 AM
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I'm sorry... should have explained. The Milton story is a trip, but it's crazy how you got sick from water, rather than any actual food. I guess it makes sense, since it's from the forest though.

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 01-05-2015, 09:40 AM
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I always rinse thoroughly with cold running water.

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 01-05-2015, 01:29 PM
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(01-04-2015, 11:30 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I like that solution Andrew, no pun intended.

I think prior to the current mix she's using, she was using apple cider vinegar and water, not white vinegar, like mentioned above. I could be wrong though.

(01-05-2015, 12:32 AM)C-NoEviL Wrote: That's crazy Marius.

Andrew, you have a good wife!

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thanks, I know. Smile

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