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DO YOU WASHFRESHFRUITS VEGGIES PRIOR TO USE?

posted at 3/15/2012 8:10 PM EDT
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GRANA  here;  WASH VEGGIES & FRUITS or NOT? We all have our own little kitchen secrets, whether it's a special ingredient in a famous recipe, a handful of chocolate chips in our morning oatmeal or how flexible we are with the five-second rule. Some of us wash our chickens with dish soap & others quickly rinse them w/cold water....We home cooks have our own way of doing things, and sometimes we just don't want to share them. There's one kitchen task in particular that varies from cook to cook, and we're asking you to spill the beans with us.So here it is: fruits and vegetables -- do you wash them or not? It may seem like a silly question. Most of us know that we're supposed to wash our produce, but that rule just isn't completely black and white. Some of us grew up in households with parents who just didn't rinse their produce (and so washing veggies wasn't an automatic reaction). Others wash their veggies only when visibly dirty, even though we all know that pesticides aren't visible to the naked eye. Some wash their produce only when they remember; and others only if they aren't going to remove the peel. Then there are those who always, always wash their produce -- sometimes more than once, and sometimes with fancy gadgets, too. There are specialized wash cloths and >brushes to make sure that you get your produce really clean. And there's even a veggie wash for those who feel like plain ol' water won't do the trick. As we can see, there's a full spectrum of vegetable cleanliness; we want to know, where do you fall on that scale?

According to the FDA, you should wash all produce under running water before you cut, cook or eat it -- regardless of if you buy it at the supermarket, farmers market or grow it in your own backyard. The www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm114299" target="_hplink" rel="nofollow">FDA doesn't recommend using vegetable wash, and suggests that you always wash your produce before cooking or eating, regardless if you plan to peel it or not. Unwashed   FRESH PRODUCE  may harbor unhealthy chemical residue& insect particles.Frown

 
  

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posted at 3/15/2012 9:13 PM EDT
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I have always rinsed everything, but for the last 15 plus years(do not remember when it started) I have washed everything. I have a spray bottle with a vinegar water mix that I keep next to the soap pump on the counter(out of sight, out of mind) that is hard to miss. I wash the outside of oranges, melons etc. before cutting in case something on the rind gets on the knife & I wash items from our garden (that I consider organic). I bag all produce & meat in the plastic bags the store provides (this helps if the meat leaks, it will not get on other items) & the bags are then used for clean up (if needed) when the dog takes me for a walk.

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posted at 3/15/2012 9:51 PM EDT
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If it has a rind or peel I wash/rinse it under the faucet.
Something like leaf lettuce I tear apart into individual leaves in  a sink full of water. Each leaf is washed.
I try to remember to wash the lid of a can before opening but often forget.
Raw meat is rinsed before I cook it.  (not hamburger- lol)
I could be a lot better at this.

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posted at 3/15/2012 10:51 PM EDT
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GRANA  here;
 " BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY!""
 Several years ago cantelope from central America was found to carry an illness producing bacteria ( salmonella)?. on their skin.Since then I have washed the skin of all melons before cutting into them!
Might  be a good idea for all fruits w/ skin, even though we do not eat the skin; the knife goes through it when you cut into the fruit for serving

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posted at 3/15/2012 10:51 PM EDT
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I wash all fresh veggies and fruits.Ann I think you have ESP.When I was making our salad for tonight I had the romaine and spinach soaking .I then put them in a salad spinner to get rid of the water.I was wondering if others used a salad spinner after cleaning greens?I always rinse meat before cooking I had mention ed this before when cutting any raw meat I always use my plastic cutting board I put the cutting board onto one of my baking sheets so I can keep my work surface clean and clean up is a lot easier and nothing gets contaminated by the meat.

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posted at 3/16/2012 1:30 AM EDT
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Fruit and vegies get washed in my kitchen, but I've never considered/thought about washing meat...hmmm.

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posted at 3/16/2012 1:37 AM EDT
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I also wash my fruit and veggies, but the only meat I wash is chicken!

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posted at 3/16/2012 7:17 AM EDT
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I usually wash vegetables.  Carrots and potatoes I peel.  Prewashed salad greens I use as is.

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posted at 3/16/2012 7:33 AM EDT
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I always washed my fruits and vegetables because they tasted better.

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posted at 3/16/2012 8:40 AM EDT
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Gale - I have one of those salad spinners too but I really dislike having to wash it after use.   I'll drag it out if I have a lot of greens to wash but usually I just lift them out of the sink to dry on paper towels - on the counter if there's no room in the 'fridge.

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posted at 3/16/2012 12:11 PM EDT
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Regardless of what it is.....or where it came from....and if I (or anyone else for that matter) is going to eat it.....it MUST be washed and rewashed.  Hubby doesn't follow my suggestions...I have to hound him.

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posted at 3/16/2012 3:37 PM EDT
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Yes, I try to wash all the fruit.

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posted at 3/16/2012 4:12 PM EDT
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I will rinse fruits and vegetables but I don't scrub them.  Leafy items I rinse as well.
It may sound strange but I store my cans upside down in the pantry that way the lids stay pretty dust and debris free.  I wipe the lids down before I open them though.
I do not rinse chicken or other meat products.  I have read that chicken should be rinsed then I read other reports saying that by rinsing you have a tendency to spray more chicken juices around than if you just pat it dry.
I do rinse all dry beans and rice.  I rinse until water runs clear.

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posted at 3/16/2012 5:16 PM EDT
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Some nice commnts

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posted at 3/20/2012 11:24 PM EDT
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I wash everything, even stuff with rinds like melons.  I don't wash beef or pork but have been known to rinse chicken.

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posted at 3/21/2012 4:20 PM EDT
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Usually it is just a quick rinse.  Often times if it is an apple a quick rub down on my pant leg will do it.  Now how sanitary is that?

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posted at 3/21/2012 6:21 PM EDT
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Good one Barbara.  We all have clean pants!  LOL LOL

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posted at 3/21/2012 6:24 PM EDT
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I do rinse my vegetables and fruit.  Also, I always rinse my prewashed salad mix.

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posted at 3/21/2012 9:53 PM EDT
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I always wash fruits and vegetables, including prewashed lettuce.  I have one of those salad spinners, but rarely use it.  Usually put it in a colander afterwards and then use a paper towel if still wet.

I always put any meat or fish in the plastic bags when purchased at the grocery store.

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posted at 3/24/2012 7:54 PM EDT
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I wash everything.You never know who has touched it.
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