Do you really need to wash your produce before you eat it? Yes, saysThe Washington Post."If you’re tempted to skip washing your produce or give it only a cursory splash, you’re doing it wrong," the outlet says. "Food-borne illness is so often thought of as a scourge of meat and seafood, but [many recent food-illness outbreaks] have been tied to produce." Here are WaPo's tips for how to wash your produce right:
- Wash produce right before you use it. If you wash it and then sore it in the fridge, the dampness will encourage bacteria growth and spoilage.
- Wash produce under cold running water. Don’t use soap, bleach or even commercially made produce washes.
- Scrub with a brush and/or gently rub the produce with your hands.
- If your bag of salad or other greens says it’s pre-washed, no further work is needed.
- Wash your hands before and after you do the food, too.
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