I have gotten a few emails asking how and what I use to wash my veggies here on the homestead. I meant to write this post many many weeks ago, but I wrote it down and honestly I forgot about it. Forgetting is an everyday occurrence around these parts- at least for me anyways. I am that person that has 4,726 different to-do lists scattered all over the house, yet I just forget!
I was talking with my girlfriend Sue via text yesterday (or maybe it was the day before that) and she actually asked me what I used to wash my fruits and veggies. A light bulb went off!! Duh- I had forgotten to write about this on the blog weeks ago! So, thanks Sue for the reminder!
Sue was curious-because like most folks– she isn’t able to have her own garden. She lives on a military base in California, so she has to buy most of her produce conventionally- from the grocery store. I was one of the conventional produce buyers prior to building our hoop house and garden here on the homestead, so I understood exactly why she wanted a recipe for washing her produce.
We have to do the best with what is available to us folks- and sometimes that means NOT buying organic or local. Enter my produce wash. It really is super easy to make and only contains three ingredients! And it isn’t $472.00 like some that I have seen in the stores (ok- maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration). But…whatever (wink-wink).
If I have to buy conventional produce here is how I wash/soak my produce (I just rinse my produce from the backyard because we use no fertilizers or pesticides).
You Will Need:
- Your kitchen sink filled with 2/3 water
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 tsp of salt
1. Fill your sink with cool water 2/3 of the way full.
2. Add your vinegar and salt. Stir into water.
3. Add produce. Let soak for 30 minutes.
4. You will see a film on the top of the water and maybe some dirt on the bottom of the sink. You will need to rinse each piece of produce in running cool water.
5. Lay out on towel to dry or dry it yourself. Store accordingly.
Happy veggie washing!
***You can add these ingredients to a spray bottle and fill with water to make a spray! Spray veggies, wipe, then rinse in cool water.
- Your kitchen sink filled with ⅔ water
- ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 tsp of salt
- Fill your sink with cool water ⅔ of the way full.
- Add your vinegar and salt. Stir into water.
- Add produce. Let soak for 30 minutes.
- You will see a film on the top of the water and maybe some dirt on the bottom of the sink. You will need to rinse each piece of produce in running cool water.
- Lay out on towel to dry or dry it yourself. Store accordingly.
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