Methods Of Washing Vegetables

Nowadays, many of us will buy fruits and vegetables from the market. When eating these products, we all need to watch them thoroughly to get rid of the pesticides and other dirty stuff. To ensure the quality of fruits, farmers usually choose pesticides to keep away the pests. Here are some methods which can enable you clean your fruits and vegetables easily.

Salt can be used when to wash fruits and vegetables. After soaking the fruits in water, you can put some salt on their skins and gently rub back and forth for a thorough cleaning. The surface will be cleaned immediately. The small particles of salt is the key for the whole cleaning process. For those fruits having edible skin like apples, peaches, tomatoes and zucchini. You can simply wash them under running water and rub for 30 to 60 seconds. Stubborn stains on vegetables can be scrubbed away using brushes or your fingers. However, for softer fruits such as peaches, you should not rub them firmly to avoid the damage of the skin.

For fruits and vegetables in which the skin need to be peeled such as watermelons, cantaloupes, oranges and bananas, the best way for cleaning them is to use a vegetable brush or unused toothbrush to scrub the skin for 30 to 60 seconds under tap water. The skin of these fruits will not be eaten, and there will be some bacteria growing there. During the process of peeling or cutting, bacteria on the skin may take the opportunity to enter into the flesh. For those leafy fruits and vegetables such as spinach and lettuce, the ideal way for cleaning them is to strip the outer layer of old leaves and rinse with cold water for 30 to 60 seconds.

Image provided By Ton Rulkens from Mozambique (Amaranthus Uploaded by Jacopo Werther) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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