How To Clean Fruits And Vegetables
Published on April 9th, 2013 | by Juicefast.com2
Cleaning your Fruits and Vegetables
In an ideal world we would only ever choose to juice organically grown fruits and vegetables. However a typical juice faster will in no doubt experience either budget or availability restraints when it comes to buying only organics. Some people may be put off from doing a non-organic fast due to worries about pesticide residue and other potential toxins on produce. However if you take the right precautions you can eliminate most, if not all, harmful chemicals that reside on the skin.
Today we take a look at the best methods to clean up your commercially grown non organic fruits and vegetables for your juice fast.
Some people choose to peel all of their fruits and vegetables prior to juicing. Whilst this is a certain way to eliminate anything harmful from the skin, it is very time consuming with it taking up to 1 hour to peel a day’s worth of juicing produce.
Peeling is also not the best when it comes to nutrients. Most fruits and vegetables will have a higher level of nutrients or even completely different nutrients in their skins compared to their flesh. Red apples for example have the antioxidant Anthocyanin present only in their skins. So you really could be peeling away the best parts of your produce by using this method.
There are many different types of fruit and vegetable washes available on the market. The best ones are those that contain all natural ingredients. Some well-known popular brands include FIT, Citrus Magic and Earth Friendly Products.
Most produce washes normally work by diluting with water. You can choose to either soak your fruits and vegetables for the recommended time and rinse with cold water, or by using a stronger mix you can spray then rinse almost immediately.
The downfall of this method is the cost of buying the washes. If you’re on a budget then it’s best to purchase the concentrated type and make up your own spray bottles if required. Purchasing ‘ready mixed’ or in spray bottles is always much more costly.
Homemade Produce Wash
A more cost effective solution is to make a produce wash from white vinegar and water. Normally made at a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar, you can choose to soak or spray your produce then rinse with clean water. Do however only soak your produce for a maximum of 5 minutes as vinegar can leach vitamins from your fruits and vegetables if left to soak for too long.
Some other recipes for homemade produce washes also include adding a little baking soda, lemon and orange juice.
So peeling or washing, the choice is entirely up to you. One thing that is certain though, is that you need to be doing more than just rinsing your produce under a tap, which is something we are all probably guilty of doing!
If choosing to wash as opposed to peeling then I would also recommend that you also use a vegetable scrubber. They are inexpensive to buy and can greatly increase the cleanliness of your produce. It’s best to quickly scrub after the soaking period then rinse with clean water.
Do you have your own fruit and vegetable wash recipe? Do please share by posting below.