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Eco friendly, Frugal Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Cleaning Solution.
Food preparation always begins with washing and cleaning the product you are about to cook. This is only after you have selected the best produce and ingredients that you can afford to prepare for consumption.
Washing and cleaning is vital to making something healthy which does contribute to the overall health of the people who are eating or consuming what you are about to serve.
Most things today are exposed to drugs, hormones and pesticides, so that they have a shelf life or will survive transportation and storage, especially the time it sits in the grocery store.
This is particular to produce, the fruits and vegetables that we purchase everyday. According to USDA nutritional chart we should consume five servings of fruit and vegetables daily.
For most of us this is impossible and can end up being costly, because of the prices of the produce we like to use in our meals or what our family will eat. Most of what an average family purchases fresh is based on the household grocery budget and what mom is going to offer the family to eat.
Since, most of us rely on the grocery store to supply us with our produce, and with items we can afford, many of us must buy fruit and vegetables that are not organic.
Buying organic is best if you can afford it, or from the farmers market or even from a local street vendor, would always be better just because they do not use pesticides or cover their product with a thin layer of wax for preservation.
According to the FDA, Food Drug Administration the wax that is used to keep fruits and vegetables, fresh and looking bright is an edible non harmful product that will not adversely affect the consumer. It is only so that the product has the longevity to survive molding, bruising during transportation, so it is used to keep them bright and shiny.
The wax is typically a non significant amount but we as the consumer are encouraged to wash any produce that we purchase, especially if you intend to eat the skin, peel or rind.
This food grade shellac is not harmful to people according to the FDA
But if you are anything like me you know that if the wax, pesticides and dirt is cleansed from what you are about to consume you feel better about eating it, and it tastes better. Along with tasting better you get all of the necessary fiber, mineral and vitamins that that particular fruit or vegetable is recommended to be consumed for, gaining all of the health benefits.
Commercial growers use pesticides to kill bugs that attack their crop. Since most of them are of chemical formulations, it presents a problem to those of us who want to live as purely as we could manage. At one time using pesticides was just a part of commercial growing but with the high occurrences of cancers more and more people feel they are inappropriate to be consumed.
Pesticides are used to prevent, repel and kill harmful bugs that affect their crops, problem is more and more pests are beginning to become more resistant to the chemicals that have to be used to keep them away.
The discovery that the pesticides are killing off eco systems and causing harm to human beings and the environment is causing many of us to re evaluate how we use any type of harmful chemicals.
But they are used,so, we must find ways to clean them off of what we consume so that as little harm can be done to the human body. That is why many of us are looking for alternative ways to use household products we trust to wash and clean the foods we consume.
What you will need
Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice
Soft Bristle vegetable brush
Bowl, colander or the sink
Cloth towel or paper towels
Warm or lukewarm water
What to do
1. Fill up the bowl or sink with warm or lukewarm water then add one to three (3) tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide, a tablespoon to two (2) tablespoons of baking soda and let the fruit or vegetable soak for a minute or two.
2. After the fruit or vegetable has soaked scrub gently with the brush, then set aside in clean fresh water, to wash clean.
3. Once you have all the fruits and vegetables cleansed in the clean water, set them aside or dry off with paper towels or the cloth towel.
If you want, you can also make up the solution of vinegar, baking soda and water in a spray bottle to keep on hand.
Using a colander, put the produce in the colander, spray with your solution and then turn on the tap to run warm or lukewarm water over the fruits and vegetables as you scrub them clean.
Once the produce is cleaned
Dry off your fruits and vegetables and use them at once.
Don't wash then store. When you wash the produce you need to go ahead and use them, I have lost fruits doing this because they rot faster or become hard.