Get produce that lasts longer, gets cleaner, and stays fresher with this cleaner.
I love gardening but hate sharing my fresh produce with the little creepy crawlies hiding in it. A few years ago I found a recipe for veggie cleaners and preservers. I have used them for years and they are amazing! My fruits and vegetables come out cleaner and fresher looking than just rinsing plus they last longer. Not to mention they draw out the bugs that like to hide in produce! It also removes a lot of residue like wax, chemicals, pesticides and other matter quickly and easily. The best part is it is natural so you are not ingesting any harmful chemicals.
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 cup water
- Put all ingredients into a Spray Bottle. You might want to do it over a sink because it will foam up a little.
- Shake gently to mix,
- Spray on veggies or fruit allow to sit for about 2-5 minutes.
- Rinse under cold water.
This soak is my favorite. Usually when I would pick lettuce or parsley it would wilt quickly, not to mention the bugs that would be hiding in it. I’m amazed how much dirt comes off vegetables that seem to be clean when I use this wash! It also helps produce to last longer and stays crisp and fresh! I actually use this for all of my fruits and veggies and I LOVE IT!
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 2 tablespoons salt
Fill a clean sink or a Large Bowl with cold water.
Add in vinegar and salt, then swish around with hands (you can also do this in a large bowl).
Place the fruit and/or veggies in and allow to sit for 25-30 minutes. This will not effect the flavor at all, the vinegar cleans and the salt draws out any little bugs, dirt and other small unwanted things, it also will remove some of the wax.
Rinse under cold water and dry. This job is made super easy using a Collander to hold the produce in while you soak it then you can drain and rinse easily.
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