How to Clean Vegetables

How to Clean Your Vegetables

Adapted from Total Renewal: 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality & Long-Term Health, by Frank Lipman, M.D. (Jeremy Tarcher, Putnam, 2003).

Simple Solution

Food-borne illness derived from contaminated produce is the largest source of food poisoning.

Susan Sumner, a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, developed an effective disinfecting procedure using white vinegar (or cider vinegar) and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (the same as found at the drugstore). These ingredients are completely nontoxic and inexpensive and work not only on fruit and vegetables but can be used to sanitize counters and preparation surfaces, including wooden cutting boards, as well.

Here are the very simple directions for using these ingredients effectively:

After you put the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide into individual spray bottles:

1. Spray your produce or work surface thoroughly first with vinegar and then with hydrogen peroxide.

2. Then rinse the produce under running water or wipe the surface with a clean wet sponge.

We received some excellent comments from a reader in Mexico (9/06):

Here are your suggestions repeated -----------------------

After you put the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide into individual spray bottles:

1. Spray your produce or work surface thoroughly first with vinegar and then with hydrogen peroxide.

2. Then rinse the produce under running water or wipe the surface with a clean wet sponge.

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You may want to consider the following...

Normally H2O2 comes in dark bottles to protect the contents from degradation and most spray bottles that I have seen are transparent in order to observe the level.

Some mention of this may help those that hadn't thought of this.. (i.e. Use small quantity, dark bottle, or store under counter away from degrading light).

Most clean wet sponges may be wet but they certainly are not clean (if they were then probably the counter tops would be also.

A question comes to mind? "Why remove the protective qualities of the harmless chemicals from the counter top?" re. #2. Since your site is reaad by folks who live in other countries ( i.e. Mexico), "rinse the produce under running water" may not be the best advice to publish.

I would consider rephrasing as "under clean/purified water"

Merida, Yucatan Mexico

We will pass them on to Annie Berthold-Bond at www.care2.com.

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