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Davest
6' 9" with the afro......
08:36 PM on 03/14/2012
Wash all produce. The person picking it, packing it or inspecting it may not have washed their hands after sneezing, scratching themselves or picking their nose.

Wash your meat too.
08:35 PM on 03/14/2012
In Hawaii we now have the dread, rat lungworm parasite. You bet I wash my veggies.
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Christschool
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08:32 PM on 03/14/2012
Veggie Wash Ingredients: Saponified Organic Oils of Coconut, Olive and Jojoba, Natural Citrus Essential Oil Blend with Organic Orange Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Rosemary Extract

Why would anyone use or buy this to "wash" vegetables is beyond me. Not a single ingredient in there that will remove bacteria.
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09:19 PM on 03/14/2012
use hydrogen peroxide.
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Myriah007
Say whaaaaaaat!?
03:46 PM on 03/15/2012
or bleach.
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vazzy13
What if I don't have a FB account?
08:30 PM on 03/14/2012
Why was there no poll option for people who wash their veggies with dish or hand soap? And why all the smothering of veggies in oils and seasonings? Wash, steam (or not), eat...yum!
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onwisconsin
Trust women; protect choice.
08:29 PM on 03/14/2012
I buy organic with thin skinned fruits and I rinse them with a vinegar and water solution, just like my grandmother did. For thick skinned fruits, I peel.
09:15 PM on 03/14/2012
Whatever works for you.
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BuckyJamesDio
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07:39 PM on 03/14/2012
A quick wash on the Gentle cycle works well. With Woolite, of course, for delicate vegetables. I've found that this method also makes really awful-tasting guacamole.
04:36 PM on 03/15/2012
What about bleach?
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BuckyJamesDio
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04:54 PM on 03/15/2012
I use it to make cauliflower the whitest it can be!
07:20 PM on 03/14/2012
I know one gentleman who sells cookware at trade shows. He washes fruits and vegetables in dilute white vinegar and rinses with water before putting them in the refrigerator.

There are also ultrasonic bath cleaners for food, some using a silver coating to kill bacteria, but I don't know if they are effective or not.

I usually peel peaches before eating, but just wash plums since they can't be pealed very well.
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flashfyre
Honore de Balzac
07:06 PM on 03/14/2012
I read some university guidelines that listed a variety of vegetables that can no longer be safely eaten raw. It also said the veges off the list require a combination of chemical soaks and rinses before they can safely be eaten raw.

I rinse and hope anything left makes me stronger.
09:16 PM on 03/14/2012
"I rinse and hope anything left makes me stronger."

There you go!
i the ys
eternity takes no time at all
07:02 PM on 03/14/2012
We can wash the field dirt off but the plant produced toxins are in the dna of the plants themselves. Thanks Monsanto.......for nothing.
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The Music Man
I'm not crazy; just a separate reality
07:49 PM on 03/14/2012
Ugh yeah. The scariest thing is that most people don't know how much Monsanto controls the food industry, or even know of Monsanto at all!
09:17 PM on 03/14/2012
You should be thanking Monsanto the food you get now. If it wasn't for Monsanto your food cost would quadruple and there would be considerable shortages.
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camanokat
Outta this world
09:06 PM on 03/14/2012
I won't buy conventional anymore...just organic.
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webwzrd
Reality is liberal indoctrination
06:41 PM on 03/14/2012
Simple common sense, folks. Use it whenver possible, which is ALWAYS.
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sf girl
I like my micro-bio empty.
06:35 PM on 03/14/2012
I worked for an agency that had a produce company as a client. After visiting the packaging site, my colleagues came back with a tip for us when buying one of those bagged salad mixes: "Always wash it before eating it." And why wouldn't we wash our produce before eating it? It's been passed through hands, crates, on trucks, rolled in dirt and who knows what else (which is exactly the point: who knows?)?
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CharliePoole
It's fatal to be right when the world is wrong.
07:38 PM on 03/14/2012
I thought the point of bagged salad mixes is they are supposed to have already been washed?
08:47 PM on 03/14/2012
As a self employed food microbiologist people I can say people would be surprised to culture, isolate and identify the bacteria and fungi on our produce. I have done televised local news reports on such surprises. Always wash them if your at all worried. Also regarding your thought on prepackaged lettuce. I've tested it lots. In fact my kids have a killer science fair project which goes to regional competition, it goes like this:
Prepackaged Lettuce (washed) on average has 1.2million bacteria per gram. A gram of lettuce leaf is about the size of a poker chip. The Hypothesis: washing your prepackage lettuce at home before eating with water, would be better at removing bacteria than vinegar. Results: Washing your bagged lettuce with water reduced bacteria counts from 1.2million per gram down to 500k per gram. Washing your bagged lettuce with vinegar reduced bacteria counts to non-detect or less than 10bacteria per gram. Reason, the ph of vinegar is so acidic it will kill the bacteria.
All studies done in triplicate with appropriate controls.
This is why vinegar is primary in salad dressings and you don't need to refrigerate mustard or catsup so much.
09:19 PM on 03/14/2012
You DO know that vegetables are grown IN THE GROUND right? I bet you don't drink water either -- because fish procreate in it.
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10:22 PM on 03/14/2012
It's obvious that you've been ingesting heroic amounts of chemicals and bacteria.
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sf girl
I like my micro-bio empty.
10:43 PM on 03/14/2012
Did you even read my post? Do you actually think I don't know where vegetables come from or do you just like to comment for the sake of commenting? Unless you watch everything you eat from the time the seeds are planted 'til it lands on your plate, I suggest you wash your produce as well. To do otherwise if foolish.
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06:34 PM on 03/14/2012
Recipes, please. :o)
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Thomas Minot
06:20 PM on 03/14/2012
Do you always wash your produce before using?

Yep, with water. Actually I wash some of them, tomatoes etc. in water and dish detergent, then rinse of course.
I remember, way back when, we lived on the farm, we picked a tomato, grabbed the salt shaker and umm umm. Muskmelons were great, freshly plucked and eaten on the site too.
06:50 PM on 03/14/2012
I wash all produce from the store, some with dish detergent like you. I am totally guilty of grazing from my garden while weeding and rarely wash my own apples. I like to think of my own soil as clean dirt :).
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Thomas Minot
07:59 PM on 03/14/2012
I understand, also who knows who has been handling the veggies in the store; I "size up" a tomato by feeling it too ( in the store).
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camanokat
Outta this world
09:08 PM on 03/14/2012
If it comes from my own garden, I rarely wash it unless I can see dirt on it.
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RandyMan7027
Fighting wingnuts since 1959
06:18 PM on 03/14/2012
Anyone care to guess how many restaurants wash vegetables before serving them?
06:48 PM on 03/14/2012
The ones who don't want to risk customers seeing bits of dirt or dead spiders in their dinner, I'm guessing.
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fiLthyLiberaLdotcom
Yes, it's a website for liberals.
07:57 PM on 03/14/2012
Any that have a chef. Imagine what would happen if a patron returned a dish with grit in it? Not a pretty site.
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cantbreallife
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06:14 PM on 03/14/2012
A couple drops of grapefruit seed extract in water and a quick wash and rinse with water is my way of cleaning fruits and veggies.
07:35 PM on 03/14/2012
That's smart. It kills pathogens and gets off some of the pesticide residue.