As we fight the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to practice healthy habits. These include practicing safe handwashing techniques, but did you know that safe food washing techniques are equally as important? Grocery stores have been packed with people gathering all the supplies they need for the coming weeks. As people rush to the grocery store, produce is being touched by hundreds of people a day.
It is important to rinse fruits and vegetables regardless of the current pandemic, but now is the perfect time to practice thorough washing techniques.
Leafy greens such as lettuce, kale and cabbage can be put into a large bowl filled with water. Swish the greens around in the bowl to loosen any dirt. When the greens feel clean and smooth, rinse them with cold water very thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and pat them dry with a paper towel.
Root vegetables such as potatoes and carrots can get very dirty since they grow in the dirt. While running the water, scrub the vegetables with a vegetable brush or your fingers to remove all excess dirt.
Although mushrooms absorb water like a sponge, it is important to thoroughly wash them due to all of the dirt that gets stuck in the gills or the small plates under the mushroom’s cap. Place the mushrooms in a colander under running water, lightly swishing them around. Once there are no clumps of dirt remaining, spread a single layer on a clean kitchen towel or paper towel to dry.
For vegetables such as green beans, cucumbers, bell peppers and other similar sturdy vegetables and fruits, rinse well under running water while rubbing away any dirt or pesticides. Let dry on a clean towel if needed.
Delicate vegetables and fruits such as raspberries, blueberries and tomatoes should be rinsed under a low-pressure stream of water, swishing the items gently in your hands or in a colander. Spread the items on a clean towel or paper towel to dry.
Please remember to practice safe social distancing during this time and remember to wash your hands regularly. If you’re interested in booking a virtual visit, please call (813) 437-4236.