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PugLvr760
04-24-2008, 02:00 AM
I asked this in the veggie forum, but I have learned SO MUCH in this forum that I thought I would ask here too. This may seem like a DUMB question, but what, in your opinon, is the best way to clean your veggies? Do you use any of those sprays that are available at the grocery story? I read somewhere that some scrub their veggies. With what?

Thanks!


raiatheplaya
04-24-2008, 03:22 AM
I found this recipe on the Oprah show, Sophie Uliano, author of Gorgeously Green made this reccomendation:

INGREDIENTS
1 cup water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 Tbsp. baking soda
20 drops of grapefruit seed extract

Combine all ingredients in a large container. Then, transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce, and rinse thoroughly after 5 to 10 minutes.

zenor77
04-24-2008, 03:47 AM
I would not use anything with GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) in it if you are concerned about chemicals. If you buy organic produce this would add something that you are trying to avoid. GSE is not a "natural" product even though it sounds that way. Here is some information on what GSE actually is:

"Grapefruit seed extract is not grapefruit juice. It is also not grapefruit essential oil and it is most certainly not an herbal tincture. Chemical manufacturers take the leftover grapefruit pulp, a waste by-product from grapefruit juice production, and in an intensive, multi-step industrial chemical process, change the natural phenolic compounds into synthetic quaternary ammonium compounds. Typically, in chemical synthesis of this type, chemical reagents and catalysts are used under extreme high heat and pressure or vacuum. Synthetic ammonium chloride is one of the chemical catalysts used in this process.

The US Department of Agriculture´s (USDA) National Organic Program defines synthetic as “A substance that is formulated or manufactured by a chemical process or by a process that chemically changes a substance extracted from naturally occurring plant, animal, or mineral sources.” Grapefruit seed extract is a synthetic chemical compound, cannot be called “organic,” and is not permitted in organic food products."

"Further, the USDA did a grapefruit seed extract study and declared, “Confirming an earlier study by researchers in Germany we found that some commercial grapefruit seed extracts contain benzethonium chloride, a synthetic antimicrobial agent commonly used in cosmetics and only approved for topical use, at relatively high levels of 8%.”"

Here's the link: http://www.terressentials.com/truthaboutgse.html

As far as cleaning your veggies, you can buy brushes specifically for cleaning veggies or you can buy a scrubby sponge and deem it for that use only (so there is no cross contamination.) I just scrub with hot water myself. I buy mostly organic or local from the farmer's market, so I think a nice scrubbing is enough. If you want them cleaner a scrub with an all natural soap (like Dr. Bronners) and a rinse should be all you need. I think those veggie sprays are way over priced! Especially since cooking will kill most germs on food anyway. If you are really concerned you could peel your veggies, but you'll peel away some of the nutrients too.


jitterfish
04-24-2008, 05:34 AM
I have a green scrubbing pad (the kind you use for cleaning pots) that I use for root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. I don't scrub anything else, just quick rinse.

gr8smyl99
04-24-2008, 08:24 AM
We're a Shaklee Family, so I spray & rinse with a very diluted Basic H. Fruits, too. Its unbelieveable how much gross stuff comes off your fruits & veggeis!

2beautiful2Bfat
04-24-2008, 08:29 AM
I use dish soap and water. For celery and root vegetables I have a vegetable scrubber. But basically everything gets washed in soap first!! You have to get the wax off to even taste the fruits and for veggies I don' like the taste of dirt or bugs!! (soap kills the bugs that you can't see)

friendlykat4u
04-24-2008, 09:48 AM
I scrub with baking soda or one of those green scrubby pads. I hate the wax they put on the veggies, especially on cucumbers, I scrub and scrub and it won't come off so I end up peeling them.

If I need to use soap, I use Seventh Generation dish soap, no fragance, dyes or anything like that.

ThisTimeIsDifferent
04-24-2008, 10:40 AM
I just wash them with hot water. But I'm going to buy a Veggie scrubber and start scrubbing them with soap and water because that bug thing really grossed me out!

BrandNewJen
04-24-2008, 12:10 PM
wow... I barely wash anything--- my lettuce... that's about it... oh, and mushrooms, but only b/c I saw a program that they were grown in sh*t. :lol:

Apples get rubbed on a napkin before eating... other than that, I just cut up and serve... hmmmm....

Kinda dumb of me, huh? I don't know, though... I think that the world is taking TOO strong a stance on anti-bacterial, etc etc... maybe we're ruining our natural immunities by taking too strong of defenses in the first place?

findingfawn
04-24-2008, 12:27 PM
wow... I barely wash anything--- my lettuce... that's about it... oh, and mushrooms, but only b/c I saw a program that they were grown in sh*t. :lol:

Apples get rubbed on a napkin before eating... other than that, I just cut up and serve... hmmmm....

Kinda dumb of me, huh? I don't know, though... I think that the world is taking TOO strong a stance on anti-bacterial, etc etc... maybe we're ruining our natural immunities by taking too strong of defenses in the first place?

Yep, this is me.. I wash root veggies in some warm water, and the dirty veggies as well.. celery, mushrooms, cauliflour.. pretty much if you can see dirt I wash it.

Most of our veggies come from the farm market here, or right off our farm. I too think that we need some of this bacteria in our systems, there are so many new illnesses, and the more we go anti-bacterial crazy the more they grow, I don't see it as a coinsidence.

PhotoChick
04-24-2008, 12:42 PM
wow... I barely wash anything--- my lettuce... that's about it... oh, and mushrooms, but only b/c I saw a program that they were grown in sh*t.

Apples get rubbed on a napkin before eating... other than that, I just cut up and serve... hmmmm....

Kinda dumb of me, huh? I don't know, though... I think that the world is taking TOO strong a stance on anti-bacterial, etc etc... maybe we're ruining our natural immunities by taking too strong of defenses in the first place
Signed, Me! :)

Americans are the freakiest about everything being squeaky clean and anti-bacterial. Why do you think we have so many resistant strains of viruses now that are getting more and more deadly?

I grew up overseas and have travelled overseas extensively and Americans are the only ones I see obsessing over this.

Don't get me wrong, I am careful about cross contamination when working with poultry or risky meats, but in general, unless you have some kind of immune issue already, then most people don't need to be quite so obsessive about it. ;)

I rinse my veggies and fruits quickly in running water to get whatever surface germs (people sneeze in grocery stores, kids play with the produce, whatever) off. But I don't scrub anything, or use soap (ick!), or any special mixtures or recipes.

And actually I've been known to buy an apple at the store, rub it on my shirt to "wipe" it off, and eat it in the car on the way home. I haven't died yet! :)

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SwimGirl
04-24-2008, 12:50 PM
I use a soap I got at an organic grocery store, can't remember the name, and the label has worn off.. oops! I definitely think it's a good idea to wash everything! Even organic fruits and veggies get washed in my house, just in case of bugs.

BrandNewJen - I think it depends on where you are buying your veggies, unless they are organic they are using pesticides, and I don't know that ingesting pesticides would necessarily boost your immune system.

-Aimee

FB
04-24-2008, 01:04 PM
I just rinse too. Like Photochick I'm just cautious about 'meat juice' (as my son calls it, appetizing eh?) and cross contamination.

I'm also lazy and will spend the extra cash to get bags of cut and washed green beans, bags of washed spinach- ect.

Lyn2007
04-24-2008, 03:26 PM
I am not terribly worried about bacteria (except e coli) but I know that many fruits and vegetables that arent organic are sprayed with 20-40 different kinds of pesticides. That's why I wash them.

I read that running water is sufficient for things like berries. I have some "Fit" spray I use on grapes and broccoli and a few other things. I wash the other stuff with a dish scrubby and a bit of soapy water but I mean it only takes me 10 seconds. I don't stand there scrubbing it to death.

Interesting info about pesticides if you google "dirty dozen" and pesticides.

PugLvr760
04-24-2008, 03:45 PM
Wow! There are some great ideas here. Thanks! I want to be safe, not sorry. Thanks for the great tips!

Apple Cheeks
04-24-2008, 07:49 PM
I also just rinse with warm water. I will sometimes use a little fingernail brush to get the caked-on crud off (I only use that brush for scrubbing veggies), but that's about it.

I'm also in agreement with the others who mentioned that Americans are way too germophobic and that it is probably contributing the the evolution of superbugs (viruses, etc).

I grew up in an era where my Mom often cleaned my face by licking her thumb and using it to rub the dirt off, and where there was no such thing as anti-bacterial anything. I survived it just fine. :)

jitterfish
04-26-2008, 03:27 AM
Signed, Me! :)

Americans are the freakiest about everything being squeaky clean and anti-bacterial. Why do you think we have so many resistant strains of viruses now that are getting more and more deadly?


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You know I was thinking this reading this thread! Maybe it is the difference in produce but all this talk about wax on the fruit and using soap to clean your food seems crazy to me!

A little dirt isn't a bad thing! Over cleanliness and things like anti-bacterial soaps are making the worlds a worse place. And yes this is my opinion but I do teach microbiology so I'm not exactly ignorant.

MamaToTomAndAlex
04-26-2008, 12:13 PM
I grew up in an era where my Mom often cleaned my face by licking her thumb and using it to rub the dirt off,I still do that to my kids.... lol :)

traci in training
04-26-2008, 12:19 PM
I'm with the rinsers. A little dirt never killed anyone. Honestly - the dirt on the veggies is better for me than the grease on the fries, right?

And my girls are teenagers now, so if they see me eye-balling them and licking my thumb they run the other way. They know they've got something on their face I think needs to come off!

Darkblue
04-26-2008, 01:00 PM
You know I was thinking this reading this thread! Maybe it is the difference in produce but all this talk about wax on the fruit and using soap to clean your food seems crazy to me!

A little dirt isn't a bad thing! Over cleanliness and things like anti-bacterial soaps are making the worlds a worse place. And yes this is my opinion but I do teach microbiology so I'm not exactly ignorant.

Do veggies in other parts of the world--Britain, Europe, Canada--come with the plastic packaging or waxing we have here in the States?

jitterfish
04-27-2008, 02:59 AM
That is what I was wondering about when I said it might be the produce because our fruit only has their natural waxes nothing else on them. We need someone who has lived in multiple countries including the US!

JayEll
04-27-2008, 09:04 AM
I rinse vegetables under running water. With celery, I use a vegetable brush because dirt tends to cling to it. I also rinse off apples and wipe them dry with paper towel.

For fresh mushrooms, I use a mushroom brush (very soft) to brush off the dirt, if there is any. I never rinse them--best to use them dry.

Jay

SeaWave
04-27-2008, 12:45 PM
I do my best to buy locally grown, organic produce. The USDA's own tests show that most non-organic produce contain residual pesticides even after washing. Some fruits/veggies retain the chemicals more than others; a google search about contaminated fruits and veggies will give you lists of the most and least contaminated, which can provide some guidance.

Daimere
04-27-2008, 12:55 PM
I just rinse with water.

Penney
04-27-2008, 01:02 PM
If I cannot get or afford to get the organic fruits and veggies (some are just way too pricey for me) I use a product literally called Veggie Wash. My grandfather got really sick when I was younger from eating unwashed fruits and veggies and it messed up his insides - he had stomach problems from that point on. Maybe they misdiagnosed - I don't know, but since then it has made me very leery.

On the question of wax etc, in other countries - I know when I lived in the Middle East - when we went into the grocery stores, we did not find wax on the fruits and veggies there.

NESunshine
04-28-2008, 11:06 AM
The months out of the year where I have to buy veggies at a store i give them a good wash...just water though.... I could care less about dirt but the rinse is really for any chemicals or um...lets say bacteria that may have been on the hands of those handling the produce before me. No soap...I figure if I'm going to use dish soap to wash the veggies I may as well just eat any chemicals that ended up on them.
The rest of the year we grow all our own produce... I grew up picking tomatoes and eating them right off the vine and I still do it. We grow organic at home...I don't go out of my way to buy organic at the stores near me (they are really awful stores) and the organic produce always looks really beat up, is slim pickins and quite frankly with soaring food costs not very affordable. We try to grow as much as we can and preserve/freeze to last into the fall and early winter so I really only buy produce in the store a couple of months out of the year. I tell you, growing stuff saves soooo much money and tastes sooo much better!

Beverlyjoy
04-28-2008, 11:44 AM
I wash all the veggies and fruit the best I can. I don't care that much about the dirt - it's the chemicals that I really want off.

Recently I was washing some grapes grown in Chilie. I tasted one before I washed it and I could taste the chemicals ( whatever the chemicals were) that they used to grow them. It kind of grossed me out.

KidsLibrarylady
04-28-2008, 02:22 PM
Oh my gosh, how interesting about the grape seed extract. I was totally going to make that wash! Thanks for the info, Zenor77!

BrandNewJen
04-28-2008, 02:59 PM
So you washers out there--- do you really think that just rinsing them for a couple seconds under running water gets that pesticide off?

I guess my question is really: how much really comes off over a couple second swish under water versus if I didn't do it at all in the first place?

Is that what the "Fit" spray is for? Like, does it break down the pesticides so that they come off easier under a rinse under water? Just wondering...

I would put the extra effort in if I thought it would be beneficial-- but I don't see how running an apple under my faucet for a couple seconds gets off any more than a good rubbing of a napkin or my shirttail. :)

Apple Cheeks
04-28-2008, 07:19 PM
I've tried using the veggie wash ("Fit") and I could taste the residue from it even after making sure to thoroughly rinse it off--it was soapy and unappetizing to say the least.

Yes, I believe washing things under warm water helps get rid of things on the surface like chemicals, and the ickies left behind by people who have handled the produce before me. I figure that for thousands of years people didn't even do that much, so I'm a step ahead of my ancestors there! ;)

Sweetcaroline
04-28-2008, 08:01 PM
I'm a rinser... ****, I grew up eating dirt... wiping apples off on mom's apron.. the only veggie that bothers me are mushrooms because I can really 'see' the dirt, but even with that I wipe them off with warm water/papertowel... I think I spend enough time freaked out by chicken cross-contamination..