Time-Saving Fruit & Veggie Soak:
Why I use this method:
1. It saves time. I don’t want to spend hours, washing bags of produce! I wash my produce with this soaking method 1-3x/week. If I have to spend hours rinsing & chopping, the appeal of Chinese take-out increases 400-fold!
2. Soaking helps to remove surface germs, pesticides, and wax. Who do you think has touched your produce? I won’t even illustrate my visions, here. Remember that guy you saw picking his nose, in the car? He was on his way to the grocery store.
Fill a large bowl/container with lukewarm water. For every cup of water, add approximately 1/3 cup white vinegar (3-1 water to vinegar ratio)
Fill a (very clean) sink halfway with water & 1 cup of white vinegar.
Add your fruit/vegetables.
Soak most fruit for approximately 10 minutes. Softer items, like mushrooms and berries, only need 3-7 minutes.
After soaking is completed, use a produce scrubber brush to gently scrub each item, or rinse each item (like fragile berries) under fresh water.
After scrubbing and/or rinsing, put in strainer or on dry surface. Allow to dry.
Store in glass containers.
I usually chop the items into one gigantic salad, and store it in a huge container. This allows me to have 1-2 raw fruit & vegetable meals/day for about 3-4 days. I’m into being healthy, but I’m definitely not washing & chopping food, every day!
Fruit & Veggie Wash, Spray & Scrub Method:
You need: white vinegar (get a large container, cheap), water, spray bottle, vegetable scrubber brush, sink
Blend white vinegar & water in a spray bottle: 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar. Spray smooth-skinned fruit & vegetables, wait 30 seconds, scrub with vegetable scrubber brush, rinse under water faucet.