Is Produce Wash a Staple In Your Berries-Loving Kitchen?

Wash Your Berries Well

If you’ve mastered the art of berry growing at home you may have more berries than you know what to do with. On the other hand, you might never get enough and you need to supplement your home-grown berries with store-bought product. Either way, are you washing your berries properly? If produce wash isn't a staple in your kitchen, there are a few things you need to know.

You Can Never Be Too Clean

Veggie Wash is a great way to clean up all your fruits and veggies. Just think about how often your produce has been handled since it left the farm. Even if you buy organic berries that are grown without the use of pesticides, it’s still a good idea to wash your produce thoroughly.

There have even been cases of E. coli being transmitted on produce such as broccoli. It makes sense that it could happen to berries too. A safe, natural produce wash can reduce your risk.

A Cheaper Alternative

The only drawback of commercially-prepared produce wash is the price. Fortunately, there's a cheaper alternative. Baking soda is a cheaper and can get your berries just as clean. Now, that doesn't mean you should dump baking soda all over your delicious berries. Simply put 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a cup of water and rinse.

If worse comes to worse and you don't have baking soda or produce wash, hold your berries under running water prior to eating them.

Now and Later

Ideally, it’s recommended that you wash your produce thoroughly before putting in your refrigerator when you get home from the supermarket and then again before consuming. Try to get in the habit of doing this. Sure, it might take more time but isn't your health (and the safety of your berries) worth it?

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