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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Proper cleaning and storage of fruits and vegetables is essential for health.  Cleaning produce properly helps kill bacteria to ensure your fruits and vegetables are safe for consumption.

Here are 7 Essential Tips for Prepping Fruits & Vegetables:

1. Before handling your fruits and veggies, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands.

2. Be sure to remove outer leaves or peels in order to reduce the amount of pesticides on your fruits and veggies.

3. Rinse of all fruits and veggies with cool water to remove any dirt and pesticides.

4. Any firm produce should be scrubbed with a clean produce brush to insure that any pesticides and bacteria are not transferred from the knife to the inside of the produce.
  • Dish detergents can be used to remove pesticides off of your fresh produce.
  • Vinegar has also been proven to remove pesticides, as well as wax, off of fresh produce.
5. Avoid cross-contamination by using clean cutting boards.

6. Be sure that your countertop has been cleaned before preparing your fruits and veggies.

7. Place your cut produce in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cutting. If produce is left at room temperature for longer than 2 hours, discard it.

When to Buy Organic - The Dirty Dozen:
When possible, be sure to purchase organic of these 12 fruits and 

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Grapes
4. Bell Peppers
5. Peaches
6. Strawberries
7. Imported Nectarines
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumbers
11. Domestic Blueberries
12. Potatoes

When is it Unnecessary to Buy Organic? The Clean Fifteen:
These fruits and veggies contain the lowest amount of pesticides, so if you are on a budget, it is unnecessary to spend the extra money to buy these organic.

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocados
5. Cabbage
6. Sweet Peas
7. Asparagus
8. Eggplant
9. Mangoes
10. Kiwi
11. Domestic Cantaloupe
12. Sweet Potatoes
13. Grapefruit
14. Watermelon
15. Mushrooms

Serving Tips:
  • Keep fresh produce over ice or in a cooler to prevent growth of bacteria. 
  • Don’t eat produce that has been sitting at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. 
  • Immediately refrigerate any perishable produce. To maintain the quality or your produce, place them in your refrigerators’ crisper drawer.
Fruit/Vegetable Proper Storage Additional Info 

So tell us, do you always wash your produce?

You might also like:


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3. Shreeves, Robin. "The Dirty Dozen: Eco-Group Reveals Lists Of Pesticide Heavy Fruits And Veggies - Forbes." Information for the World's Business Leaders - Forbes, 20 June 2012. Web. 21 June 2012. <>.

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