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.
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??
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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
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)
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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.
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