Many people enjoy including organic produce, grown without harmful pesticides or herbicides, in their meals. But what most people don't mention about cooking with organic food is the extra cleaning and prep time it takes to get it ready for consumption. Here's how to easily wash away soil, bugs, and organic matter lingering on organic produce.
What You'll Need:
Handheld Water Sprayer
Freezer Bags and Containers (Optional)
Bounty Paper Towels
Start by scrubbing your kitchen sink. You want it to be clean and free of any cleansers, food particles, or soap. Sometimes I sprinkle coarse sea salt and baking soda in the sink to remove tough stains with a scrub brush. Rinse the sink thoroughly using the handheld water sprayer next to the faucet.
Plug the sink with a drain plug. Fill the sink half full with warm water. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the water and mix it with your hand. Place the produce in the water and rub each individual piece with your hands to dislodge dirt and organic matter. The vinegar will naturally sanitize the exterior of bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other organic foods with a tough outer peel. Rinse the food with clear water and enjoy.
Clean leafy vegetables, or those with florets, by adding 1/2 cup of table salt to the vinegar-water solution. Small worms and beetles may hide in the leaves or florets of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and head lettuces. Submerge the produce for 10 minutes and the salt will shrink the pests, and dislodge them from the food. Watch for pests that float to the surface of the water. Remove them by hand and rinse the produce under clear, cool water.
Place all washed organic produce on top of Bounty paper towels to dry. Use freshly washed organic produce the same day it is cleaned. Organic food will perish more quickly after being washed. If you won't use the food fast enough, consider chopping and freezing it for later use.