An effective fruit and vegetable wash is a necessary kitchen accessory. You definitely want to make sure you clean off all of the soil from your fruits and vegetables, but you definitely don't want any soap residue or chemical odors left on your food. The reason you cook is to have great tasting food that's good for you too.
Fruit and vegetable wash also works beautifully on your farm fresh eggs.
The best way to clean lettuce, especially fresh picked lettuce:
Make sure you wash it well before dressing up your salads. When you buy lettuce in the store, that's been packed in plastic packaging, it's already been washed a few times, with water from a questionable source. Fresh picked organic lettuce, is dirty.
Fill a bowl with drinking water and add 1 drop of Instant Liquid Soap. Rinse the lettuce in this water.
Dump the dirty water, fill your bowl with clean drinking water again. This time do not add the 1 drop of Instant Liquid soap. Rinse the lettuce a 2nd time. Repeat this step one more time and your lettuce should be ready for your salad plate.
I use the Instant Liquid soap at full strength as a fruit and vegetable wash and wash them just like I'll wash a dish. I scrub root vegetables like potatoes, especially if I want to eat the skins. Carrots, celeriac, turnips, etc. Zucchinis, cucumbers, and winter squashes many times grow laying on the ground, tomatoes have the fine green dust, eggs can have dirt or small microscopic amounts of poop, melons which will harbor tiny bits of dirt in the crevices, eggplants.
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For other fruits and vegetables, the fruit and vegetable wash is a small amount of liquid soap diluted in a bowl of water to rinse off excess dirt. Leafy greens, lettuces, beens, cabbages, and the like simply need a rinse and a tiny bot of soap will take care of any pathogens. I'll rinse these types of foods under running drinking water with soapy hands or dip in a bowl of water with literally 1 drop of soap in it, and then rinse again.
It's a good idea to really wash your fruits and vegetables, even if you are going to peel them, so no dirt touches the yummy food that you will eat.
I sometimes use the peels separately from the rest of the fruit or vegetable. For instance, I like to peel my tomatoes for sauce, but make sure I've washed off the green dust so my chickens can enjoy my scraps. The green tomato dust is toxic to them.
I'll use carrot peelings as weights when fermenting vegetables.
When I make potato chips, I'll wash and peel the skins off, and make a separate set of potato skin chips for Andy, who loves potatoes, but needs to watch his sugar intake. The potato tuber is high in starch and sugar, but the peelings are high in iron and potassium, so potato skin chips are an excellent snack for him. The recipe is below!
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Washed potatoes drying for storage
Washed potatoes for chips. See the scars etc? This will shorten their storage life, which is why they are selected for making into potato chips.
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