Donna's #6

Tips & Tricks

Washing Fruits and Vegetables

It is imperative that you wash your produce before serving. Whether under a running faucet or a quick dunk in the sink, washing produce removes any pesticides, bugs, and dirt before consumption. However, if you want your produce to stay fresh as long as it can, avoid washing your produce immediately after you return from the market. Many species of fruit and vegetables, such as strawberries, grapes, and lettuce, begin to rot too quickly once exposed to washing. Instead, put produce directly in your refrigerator and only wash small portions up to a couple hours before use. Otherwise your delicious, summery strawberries may wind up as red mush in your fridge within a day or two.