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Regular Vegetables: Any washing solution?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Hello,

I find myself often eating vegetables from regular produce. The market regulations in Europe are stricter than in the US, and some chemicals may not be used here, despite the fact that since i live in a peripheral country, the produce is still not fully industrialized and pesticide usage is not so widely promoted.

Nonetheless, do you can recomend some homemade solution to spray/dunk the vegetables, in order not so much to clean the dirt, but to minimize possible exposure to chemicals, pesticides and such?

Thansk in advance

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on May 26, 2012
at 08:51 AM

Adn about organic pesticides: there are EU regulations that aplies for ertefication, that is equal in all of the countries. Check this out if interested: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/eu-policy/legislation_en

20203f15287a14924c714eb68a34ce6c

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on May 26, 2012
at 08:47 AM

That is, indeed, right. I live in Portugal, and nowadays due to the crisis, the produce its gettin cheaper, and i serioulsy doubt about the methodos the Agro bussines is aplying to get the prices down. so forewarned is forearmed.. ;)

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on May 25, 2012
at 01:41 PM

If anything has wax on it, e.g. apples and tomatoes, I will scrub them with my hands or a wash cloth in the vinegar solution to remove it. I try to buy organic fruits and veggies, but that is not always possible.

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on May 25, 2012
at 01:43 PM

I have a spray bottle with a mix of water and white vinegar and spray conventional produce with it before eating. I generally rinse after the vinegar spray because, well, I don't want my apples to taste like vinegar.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on May 25, 2012
at 01:38 PM

I fill the sink with water, add apple cider vinegar, and sink the produce into it. For leafy greens, I swish them around bit and rinse them really well before putting them into the salad spinner. Everything else, I just rinse off. I do this immediately before using the produce. If I am cutting up the veggies for the week, I dry them off really well before cutting so they are stored without any extra water.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on May 25, 2012
at 01:41 PM

If anything has wax on it, e.g. apples and tomatoes, I will scrub them with my hands or a wash cloth in the vinegar solution to remove it. I try to buy organic fruits and veggies, but that is not always possible.

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on May 26, 2012
at 12:55 AM

to be picky, organic does not mean pesticide free; in europe, each country has its own regulation on that and spain is very laxest since they use chemicals which would be forbidden for organic label in other countries.

20203f15287a14924c714eb68a34ce6c

(596)

on May 26, 2012
at 08:47 AM

That is, indeed, right. I live in Portugal, and nowadays due to the crisis, the produce its gettin cheaper, and i serioulsy doubt about the methodos the Agro bussines is aplying to get the prices down. so forewarned is forearmed.. ;)

20203f15287a14924c714eb68a34ce6c

(596)

on May 26, 2012
at 08:51 AM

Adn about organic pesticides: there are EU regulations that aplies for ertefication, that is equal in all of the countries. Check this out if interested: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/eu-policy/legislation_en

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on May 25, 2012
at 03:15 PM

My solution is to just not buy foods on the dirty dozen unless they're organic or I can peel them. Besides that, a rinse in water and peeling the outer layer are good enough for me. It seems like anything that would survive peeling would survive washing, anyway.

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