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7/18/18 12:24 P

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I prep cauliflower and broccoli when I get home from market. The rest I prep as I need. I personally don't peel carrots. I think it is an extra step I can eliminate. But I do scrub with a scrubber.



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I usually prep on Sundays. I know they won't last as long, but I generally try to just buy/prep what we need for the week. After DH had a heart attack this last fall, I try to keep a lot of "good for you" snacks ready to go.

I do wash everything too. And it actually never occurred to me to not peel carrots. haha I get it now, and if I got them from a farmers market, I suppose I would skip peeling, but I just get them from the grocer, so I do peel.

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7/5/18 5:38 P

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I wash when I come home so I do not get fruit fly's in my fridge, I cut when needed as they keep longer, carrots I do not peel but use a scrubber from the dollar store that is easier and better, no need to peel carrots.

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7/5/18 10:38 A

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I wash, peel (as necessary), and cut when I'm ready to use them, not before. I always peel my carrots and lately my potatoes, too.

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6/30/18 11:30 A

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I wash but don't peel carrots and potatoes. The rest of my fresh veggies I wash, dry, trim and place in the paper towel lined crisper draw in the fridge. Ditto fruit.

Salad items, the same but are placed in a sealed paper towel lined box.

I never put onions or bananas in the crisper as they give off gases that promote spoilage.

I don't usually buy more than I can eat in a week and eat the ones that will spoil quicker before the others.

I also have frozen veggies for cooking with.


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6/28/18 7:39 A

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I don't prep until I get ready to use. I also peel carrots as I was taught.

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6/28/18 1:52 A

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for vegetables like carrots and potatoes I use a rough kitchen sponge from the dollar store. i get 12 for $1.25 and certain ones I use for the vegetables, easy to clean that way, most other vegetables I do as I use them ,fruit I do as I buy them so always eatable.. I do not use special cleaner I use dish soap and water if needed and rinse well.

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6/27/18 5:04 P

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Usually, I don't clean and prep until ready to use. The exception would be if I was putting something together to take to work the next day.

For carrots, I always scrub them and wash well with a fruit/veggie cleaner. I buy organic carrots, but also know that one of the best things for organic soil is manure ... Because of that, I use a fruit/veggie cleaner for almost everything, including what I buy at the organic farmer's market.

I'm probably overly cautious ... oh well ...I'd rather err on the side of caution.

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6/24/18 10:46 P

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I separate large quantities in to two meal quantities. I only prepare fresh veggies and I need them for each meal.



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6/21/18 9:56 P

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Specific to carrots--found a veggie loofah (yes, a loofah sponge like you use for bathing--only this one is sized and sold specifically for a veggie cleaner). It is fabulous on things like carrots and potatoes when you want to scrub off the roots, dirt, but not remove the skin (where the nutrition is).

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6/19/18 6:56 P

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I prefer to prep veggies when I want to eat them. They keep better unwashed and with the peel on

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6/19/18 12:33 P

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Whether I clean / prep fresh veggies and fruits right when I get home or just prior to use really depends on the item and how much I purchased!

For carrots, I generally purchase 5kg (11 lb) bags of full-sized organic. I'll usually wash, trim, peel, and chop a dozen or so, cover with water, and store in the fridge in a covered container (these will be roasted or steamed within a few days). The rest go down to my cool room as they are. I try to keep at least a few hundred grams ready in the fridge, so I pull up more and prep as needed. Fresh carrots usually stay good in my cool room for a few weeks, but if it looks like I won't get through them before they start softening, then I'll wash, trim, and peel the rest and either store them whole but covered in water in the fridge (where they'll stay good for at least another week or so), or I'll chop or grate and freeze to use in future soups or stews or baking.

While I do prefer the texture of peeled carrots, I freeze all of the peels along with trimmings of all of my vegetables to make vegetable broth. Once the broth has been made, then the peels / trimmings go in to compost.

I treat celery the same as I do carrots, with the exception that they are always stored in the fridge.

Most other vegetables are stored as purchased in either the cool room or the fridge, then washed and prepped immediately before use, except asparagus which I wash, trim, and keep standing in water in the fridge (and which I use within a day or two).

While I just keep most fruits whole in the fridge and wash just before using, I do wash and slice all strawberries right away, as well as all melons. Tomatoes are kept on the counter and washed before use, and bananas are kept separate from everything else at room temperature, or are immediately chopped and frozen for use in baking.

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6/18/18 11:49 P

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ill chop melons ahead of time. i tend to buy baby carrots. i also like the bagged or prewashed greens. i tend to also use frozen veggies - little to no chopping,

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6/17/18 3:44 P

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I like to make my lunch for work the night before so I’ll prep those veggies ahead of the actual meal.

All other vegetables I prep as needed.

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6/17/18 6:50 A

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I wait to wash and prep except for a container of things like carrots, celery, green peppers, cauliflower-- vegetables I'll be snacking on raw. I like to have them ready to eat.

I peel carrots. I don't like the look of unpeeled, I don't care for the taste of the peel either.

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6/16/18 10:49 P

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I buy fresh vegetables exclusively almost weekly. Which I wash, re-wrap and refrigerate immediately.



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6/15/18 10:12 P

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I wash all veggies thoroughly as I am going to use them. I also peel carrots, and most other fruits and vegetables. No amount of nutrient loss is as serious as a bacterial infection. Organic produce is no cleaner than conventionally grown. Birds, rodents and insects are in any and all fields. I usually rewash bagged produce too. I may be going a bit overboard, but food-borne illnesses can be deadly. Why risk it?

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6/14/18 1:12 P

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I do all my prep as I'm using them. Sometimes we buy spinach in bulk, then I'll wash it, dry it, and put it in separate serving bags; but other vegetables don't seem to be so labor intensive.

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6/12/18 9:54 P

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I don't prep most vegetables untilI use them. If I want to have some ready for snacking I will clean and slice peppers, celery & zucchini or cauliflower. For some reason I always wait to peel the carrots.

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6/12/18 8:50 P

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I wash and prep my veggies before I'm going to use them, typically. I run into problems with mold more frequently if I wash and then store them, no matter how well I think I've dried them.

I peel my carrots and probably will continue to do so, as my rabbit would be gravely disappointed if I suddenly stopped having carrot peels for her. emoticon



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6/12/18 10:29 A

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Those who don't wash yours may change your mind after you hear this! :) I was in Walmart on Saturday and this lady had about 4 containers of strawberries open and was digging through them and taking the most ripe out of each one! I about fell over! You never know who has touched the stuff and how clean their hands were! I usually wash everything. Even apples! :)

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i don't prep my veg in advance of cooking, but i do take them out off/loosen the bag they're in to prevent condensation and mold growth.

i wash & cut when i cook.

i typically try to avoid peeling anything- i buy organic where i can and where i feel it matters and will take off any strings/strange looking patches, but the peels often have good nutrition so i try to include them :)

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6/11/18 2:54 A

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Yes always or the flys multiply and the white worms come out of the vegetables, they can not be seen because they are microsize but they sometimes multiply in my fridge, so I scrub fruits & vegetables and thoroughly wash. They say they dye in the fridge, mine do not dye in the fridge.

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I would fall into the No group...I don't do anything with them until I use them.

And, I will admit to even being a bit lax then.... If its going to be cooked, I don't spend a lot of time washing/peeling...only visible dirt since I don't like the taste of it-LOL. Of course I cut out any obviously damaged parts. ("Ooo--Icky" comes to mind!)
As for salad greens, I'm known to grab them right out of the garden per my Grandpa. He traveled the garden with a salt shaker in his back pocket, and we shared all sorts of treats...fresh from the garden. Store bought... I give a second look to though. However, I don't go to the great lengths of soaking/rinsing anything with vinegar or "veggie wash" products. Way overkill in my book!

Carrots depends on what I'm using them for. They get peeled for most uses. If I happen to be making soup broth soon or turkey broth for gravy the peelings get added to the broth, along with onion ends, celery ends, cauliflower leaves, etc.
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Do I clean vegetables before I use them? Absolutely and if applicable. Most of the boxed and bagged salad greens don't need to be washed. If I buy heads of lettuce like Romaine or Iceberg, I remove the outer leaves before using. As for other vegetables, I wash them, of course, because they usually aren't washed and they grow in dirt.

Do I was them days in advance? No way! As Kris mentioned, that will shorten their shelf life significantly. I also have the Debbie Meyer Green bins to store my fruits and vegetables. They do help lengthen the shelflife.

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I don't clean any vege (and especially salad-type veges) when I buy them. By doing so you actually risk damaging the product re introduced bacteria and reduced shelf life than if you washed it immediately prior to use. I don't peel many veges at all because I eat the skins. It saves wastage of perfectly good and and the more nutritionally rich part of the vege. There are very few exceptions. I even eat the skin of roasted pumpkin, (which is yummy) and puree the skin of it into any soups I make.

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6/9/18 10:50 A

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As far as carrots goes, it depends on what I'm using them for, and where I got them. Store bought conventional carrots I peel. Some organic carrots I peel, if they are ugly and I'm eating them raw. Otherwise, I don't peel. Homegrown and farmer's market carrot are usually so beautiful that it doesn't bother me, and if I'm cooking them or adding them to a soup or braise, there just isn't any reason to peel.

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I'm too lazy to do a lot of prepping. I also like to keep things as simple and convenient as I can. Bagged baby carrots, sugar snap peas, bagged salads, frozen veggies etc.

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Do you clean, prep and store vegetables when you come home from the grocery? Or perhaps you prep just before cooking, eating.

In particular I am curious if you clean, scrape or peel carrots or just use them as is. Perhaps not peeling is more nutritious but I dislike the color.

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