Spring is the season of fresh vegetables. Our favorite fresh salads are back on the table. But we know that industry meets its needs by spraying produce with pesticides and other harmful chemicals that keep pests at bay and make produce grow faster.
The chemicals used in these cases are often extremely harmful. That's why we need to know how to wash fresh vegetables and fruits efficiently.
Wash hands before and after handling products
It is important not to contaminate the products with the bacteria from our hands. Therefore, we must wash them with warm water and soap for at least 30 seconds. After we have prepared our salad, it is good to wash our hands again before sitting at the table.
Washing your hands also applies when eating fruit. One of the most common mistakes that almost all of us make is to peel, for example, an orange and immediately start eating it. We do not realize that we have touched its skin with the same hands with which we then contaminate the fruit itself.
This is why it is important to wash the ones we are about to peel, so as not to transfer harmful substances and impurities to the part to be eaten. This applies to kiwi, apples, tangerines, lemons, cucumbers and all fruits and vegetables that are mostly eaten peeled.
Remove damaged and rotten areas
More harmful chemicals collect in these areas than on smooth and he althy areas of the products. That's why it's good not to compromise your he alth and cut out everything superfluous and rotten.
Wash under running water, do not soak
A common mistake is to soak salads in order to remove harmful chemicals. Don't make this mistake, because just soaking the salads in water in which the chemicals dissolve, doesn't disappear.
It is more important to wash the products under running water carefully and for a long time. Only in this way will you more effectively remove pesticides and nitrates from vegetables.
Even if you don't eat the peel, it's important to wash the produce
Precisely in order not to spread bacteria and chemicals on the edible part, it is important to thoroughly wash all the products you intend to whiten. This applies even to potatoes.
Brush products with a rougher surface
Cucumbers, potatoes, melons, kiwi - all fruits and vegetables with an uneven surface should be thoroughly brushed before processing. Bacteria, microorganisms, pesticides and nitrates are trapped in the bumps.