It’s that time of year! Fruits and vegetables galore. Between little bugs, waxes, chemicals and pesticides, how do you really get them clean? After trying a few standard veggie cleaners, I never really felt they were as clean as they could be. Being conscious of the dirty dozen, I was on a quest to find a better option.
I finally came across a fruit and veggie soak that has worked wonders for me and can be easily made at home. Consisting of only two ingredients, it is a quick and inexpensive way to ensure you are not digesting unhealthy substances that can affect your health.
I have used this soak for fruits, vegetables, and some herbs. My experience has been that they stay fresher longer.
Fruit & Veggie Soak:
In order to make the fruit and veggie soak, you will need the following:
– ¼ cup of White Distilled Vinegar
– Cold Water
– 1 ¾ tsp of Iodized Salt
The distilled vinegar and salt are available at your local Walmart, Target, supermarket or online at Amazon.
Depending on the items or quantity I am cleaning, I will either use a large bowl or a stock pot that has or can be used with a strainer/colander.
– Fill the large bowl or pot with cold water. If using a strainer/collander, put that in place before adding the water.
– Add ¼ cup of White Distilled Vinegar. Do a quick stir.
– Add 13/4 tsp of Iodized Salt. Do a quick stir.
– Add the fruit and/or veggies to the bowl or pot.
– Set the bowl/pot aside for 25 to 35 minutes.
– Once the fruits and veggies have sat for the above timeframe, discard of the liquid.
– Do a thorough rinse under cold water.
– Pat dry and they are ready to go.
What does the vinegar do? It cleans the surface of the fruit or veggie.
What does the salt do? The salt breaks down and draws out the embedded dirt, bugs and will remove wax.
There you have it! Simple, inexpensive and gives you comfort that you and your family are eating truly clean and healthy food.
Try it out! Enjoy the wonderful fresh taste.