Wash Fruits and Vegetables Thoroughly
As they grow, fruits and vegetables can pick up pathogens from soil, animal feces, and rainwater runoff. To keep your produce as safe and healthy as possible and help prevent foodborne illness, follow this advice from the experts at the University of California, Berkeley, Wellness Letter:
- First, start with a clean kitchen, including cutting surfaces, colander, knives and sink.
- Be sure to wash your hands well before handling produce.
- Then, rinse produce under cold running tap water. For firmer vegetables, like potatoes, cucumbers and carrots, you can use a brush for extra cleaning.
- Finally, blot dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
Source: Adapted from our sister publication Remedy's Healthy Living Spring 2013