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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,597
2/24/14 2:10 P

Ditto INDYTRACKMOM and wash the ones you grew yourself as well. There are insects in the garden and there's dirt.

INDYTRACKMOM Posts: 846
2/24/14 12:32 P

all vegetables and fruit should be washed, who knows who handled it, unless u planted, grew and picked it

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2/24/14 8:28 A

Where does your DH think organic fruits grow? Somewhere other than the ground? LOL
Glad Becky could answer your questions - she was very helpful!

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2/24/14 8:26 A

Organic doesn't mean "pesticide free." A lot of organic vegetables are grown using pesticides that are more harmful in lower concentrations but because they are "natural" they are allowed on organic farms.

ELISADENK Posts: 8,417
2/23/14 9:47 P

Excellent!!! :-)

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,015
2/23/14 7:19 P

See if this helps with your humidity questions:
msue.anr.msu.edu/news/refrigerator_humidit
y_effects_on_produce_quality


Becky

ELISADENK Posts: 8,417
2/23/14 6:43 P

Thanks BECKY (by the way; am enjoying reading the SP cookbook. emoticon Thank you for your input on it.)

This brings up another question: The fridge bins are 'humidity controlled'. Veggie bin on higher humidity? Fruit bin on lower humidity?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,015
2/23/14 4:38 P

Washing prior to putting in the bin---adds moisture which increases spoilage.

Wash only prior to using the produce.

And...wash out the bin every 1-2 weeks if concerned.

Becky

ELISADENK Posts: 8,417
2/23/14 4:27 P

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That's what I figured.

As for: 'rinse the produce "only" when ready to prepare and eat.' ~ Wouldn't the veggie bin get contaminated? Maybe washing twice? First before putting veggies/fruit in fridge and then a second time when preparing to eat them??



DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,015
2/23/14 4:23 P

Produce organizations and home economists suggest the following:
--rinse the produce "only" when ready to prepare and eat.
--no need to use any of the detergent type produce washes
--use tap water.
--for more dense/firm produce scrub with produce brush under running water
--for delicate produce, berries, etc--place in colander and rinse under running water
--even melons need to be scrubbed under running water

Becky

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 948
2/23/14 4:11 P

Vinegar rinse to get off mold spores and such. I don't usually use soap. I've found that my vegetables actually last longer when I do the vinegar rinse. I rinse everything, too! Even oranges and bananas.

Organic vegetables still have dirt and fertilizer and other things, so it is a good idea to at least rinse of them off. And as a previous poster said, they will have been handled a lot from farm to store.

Edited by: WHOLENEWME79 at: 2/23/2014 (16:14)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,356
2/23/14 4:04 P

Well. If the only reason you ever washed vegetables before was due to concern for pesticide residue, that concern is much less with organics.

But. They still can have dirt on them. They will have been handled quite often from field to supermarket to kitchen. So you might wish to wash them for that reason.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,015
2/23/14 4:03 P

Just to clarify...is DH your Dear Hubby.

Organic veggies still need to be rinsed. Think of all the people who have touched that cauliflower looking for the perfect head.
Veggies in a bag are usually washed and then bagged (it will say this on the label); these type items do not need to be washed prior to using.

Becky
Your SP Registered Dietitian

ELISADENK Posts: 8,417
2/23/14 3:55 P

I purchased some organic veggies: broccoli, cauliflower

DH says I don't have to wash them. Is this true?

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