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How to Wash Produce

By Cook's Illustrated Published January 2010
Are dedicated fruit and vegetable washes necessary? In a word, no. You can make an equally effective solution with water and white vinegar. Here’s how.

How to Wash Smooth-Skinned Fruits and Vegetables (i.e. apples, pears, and cucumbers):

Fill a spray bottle with 3 parts water and 1 part white vinegar. Spray the produce, then rinse with tap water. Note: This method can also be used to wash produce with inedible rinds and peels, such as melons, since cutting into a contaminated peel can drag pathogens into the flesh.

It's also good practice to wash produce that has inedible rinds and peels, such as melons, because cutting into a contaminated peel can drag pathogens inside

How to Wash Delicate Fruits and Vegetables (i.e. berries):

Step 1: Wash produce in bowl filled with 3 parts water and 1 part white vinegar.

Step 2: Drain, rinse with tap water, and then spin dry in a salad spinner lined with paper towels