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Knowing how to wash different types of vegetables and fruit the right way will keep your food tasting great and safe to eat.
Most fresh fruit and vegetables have a natural protective coating. So wash them under water just before you are ready to eat or cook them. If you wash them ahead of time, it will speed up how fast they spoil. Leafy greens can be washed and stored a few days before you use them.
The best way to wash vegetables and fruit is under running water. You do not need special products, soaps or vinegar. These can leave an aftertaste and don’t kill bacteria or mould. Bonus! Watch the video to see this information in action.
Wash your hands with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh produce.
Examples of leafy greens are kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, rapini, cabbage and pre-bagged greens like baby spinach.
Tip: Washing your green leafy vegetables as soon as you bring them home will make them easier to use in salads, stir fries and other dishes when you need them.
Examples of foods with a rind are cantaloupes, oranges, mango, melons, pineapple, carrots, potatoes and squash.
Examples or berries are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
Stay food safe: Clean all surfaces and utensils with hot water and soap, including cutting boards, counter tops, peelers and knives that touch fresh fruit or vegetables.
Vegetable and fruit food safety facts
Video: How to store fruit to keep them fresh
Video: How to store vegetables to keep them fresh
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