Why should we wash fruits and vegetables?
Do you fall sick very often? And you have no clue why? Well it might be because of the dirty vegetables that you’ve been using in your food. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with chemicals which make them harmful. It is very important to wash vegetables properly in order to remove the bacteria and dust that is on them. So, here are some tips you can follow to make sure that your fruits and vegetables are properly cleaned.
1. Wash your hands first
The initial step that everyone should follow before starting to wash vegetables is to wash your own hands. If your hands are dirty then you might end up making the fruits or vegetables dirty too. Use a detergent soap to wash your hands properly.
2. Washing firm fruits and vegetables
Start with washing the vegetables under running water and remove the grim with your hands or with a microfiber towel. Ensure that you do this step only on fruits and vegetables that are firm and have a thick outer part.
3. Washing leafy vegetables
Give your leafy vegetables a bath. Take a bowl of water and dip the vegetables in it. After a few minutes remove the dirt with your hands. Strain the water and wash it one more time to make sure that there is no more dirt left. Repeat this process twice. Once that is done, take out the vegetables and put it into a large strainer to remove excess water and dry. Also, do not forget to remove the outer leaves of all the leafy vegetables.
4. Washing mushrooms
Do not forget taking extra care of mushrooms because you cannot clean them the way you clean the other firm vegetables. The best way is to wipe them with a damp cloth because washing them directly with water makes them even more difficult to clean and might also ruin their shape and texture. Do not forget to pat dry with a kitchen towel or they will turn soggy.
5. Cut the bad/rotten areas
You must have observed black spots on your vegetables. Well, you obviously don’t want to eat them. So, once you have cleaned your vegetables with water make sure to cut those unpleasing rotten areas out.
There are a lot of vegetables that have a hard skin and it is difficult to remove microbes from them. So, here’s what you can do. Scrub them. Use the vegetable brush gently on the skin so that you don’t cause any damage to it.
7. Blanching the vegetables
It is not appropriate to boil every vegetable so here we have the method of blanching. Boil some water in a pan and turn off the flame. Now soak the vegetables into boiling water and let it sit for 5-8 minutes. In another bowl take some ice cubes and once you’ve blanched vegetables put them into the other pan. This process helps in retaining the colour of the vegetables and stop cooking process. This is one of the best ways to remove most pesticides from vegetables.
8. Don’t use soap or detergent
If you think that washing fruits and vegetables from outside with soap will do no harm then you are wrong. The soap can easily find its way through the peel and inside the flesh which will make the fruits and vegetables unfit for consumption. You can use vinegar instead.
Source: Times of India