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4/19/12 2:37 P

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Thank you both - it's not something I would have thought about



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4/19/12 2:24 A

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I'm so glad you passed on that idea, IMVEGAN. It's smart, effective and economical -- all good. Thanks!

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4/18/12 10:37 A

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Thanks Shivamoon,
I thought of that after I had finished the rinse. Next time the strawberries get their own bath. After re-reading I found that the article actually tells you to use a separate bath for each so the different pesticides don't cross contaminate. I only had about a cup of vinegar available at the time so I made them share. LOL

Off to buy the HUGE container of white vinegar at the store. I used to use it for cleaning my house. Now it will clean my veggies too.

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4/18/12 12:38 A

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I think it would be better to wash the mushrooms first and then the strawberries, because strawberries are known to be one of the plant foods that typically has the highest pesticide levels. If the mushrooms absorbed any amount, it would contain the pesticides from the strawberries.

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4/17/12 1:19 P

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Gentle Viking - I did wash the mushrooms I was cooking in the vinegar solution, but only kept them in there long enough to give them a gentle scrub. I cooked them right away and didn't notice any vinegar flavor. I usually just rinse them in water but since I had just washed my strawberries, I used the same water for the mushrooms. I guess the trick is to not let them sit in the water for more than a minute or so.

Thanks, good info to have.
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4/17/12 10:34 A

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I think now I'll switch from using salt water to wash fruits and veggies in, to vinegar. Thanks for the article, IM. My computer couldn't access the second article, so I apretiated that you mentioned that it said vinegar removes 98 percent of the toxins.

I'm like you and cannot get organic foods most of the time. They just are not sold anywhere nearby and the grocery stores only carry a few select items here. (Most of which I don't need). So having a good wash solution is important to me.

I do remember from somewhere that I read an article about this and it said not to wash mushrooms in a vinegar solution, because they will actually "absorb" the solution! Ha! But that's about the only one to watch out for.



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Thanks! This is probably just as effective as the special veggie sprays that cost a lot more.

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4/16/12 6:39 P

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great article

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4/16/12 4:11 P

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thanks - great info. my last batch of strawberries got moldy very quickly



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4/16/12 1:52 P

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emoticon Great information to have!

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4/16/12 1:03 P

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thanks for the articles. I'm always looking for something non-toxic to wash my produce in. Unfortunately organic produce isn't always available to me. I have found that washing it as I use it works much better for me especially with berries. When I wash all the berries and let them sit in the fridge while I eat them they mold too fast. Just my experience.

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4/16/12 12:49 P

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This is great information. In addition, one thing I do to keep good berries for the winter is I wash them in the summer/fall then put them in the freezer. Certain berries, like blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries keep very well. Raspberries don't hold up well, though. They break down, fall apart.

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4/16/12 12:25 P

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A vinegar bath keeps berries fresh much longer in the fridge. Now that strawberry season is almost upon us this is good information to know. This explanation is in the link below.
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Plus rinsing all veggies and fruits in a vinegar bath removes 98% of the pesticides and toxins found on/in conventionally grown fruits and veggies. See the link below for the explanation:

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Enjoy a summer full of fresh fruits and veggies. And buy extra to freeze for later. YUM!

It is funny that the second article contradicts the first a little. It says that washing the veggies ahead of time makes them spoil faster. But I don't find that to be true with berries. I haven't tried it with other veggies. I will have to do a scientific experiment to discover the answer. LOL

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