There is often a dilemma on how to handle fruits and vegetables, whether we get them from the supermarket or farmers market.
Do we wash them or consume them immediately or leave them for a while and then eat?
How do we remove unwanted chemicals found on the fruits and veggies such as pesticides and herbicides?
Most people are also worried if keeping them in the refrigerator would spread contamination to other food items, especially during this current pandemic. And due to this, some people have been washing their fruits and veggies in detergent, which is not a great idea and can really be very detrimental for health and cause serious gastric issues. There is no significant evidence to prove that corona virus can spread through fruits and vegetables, but if you want to maintain the best hygiene, and remove as much of the chemicals as possible they can be cleaned thoroughly with natural ingredients prepared in your very own kitchen.
Here are my most simple solutions for you to try:
1. The best place to start would be to wash your fruits and vegetables in running water for 3-5 minutes. Next, take a large utensil or container and add warm water. Soak the washed fruits and vegetables for roughly 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, store them in the refrigerator and use as and when you want.
2. One of the most effective methods is to prepare a solution of equal parts of baking powder and vinegar in a large utensil filled with hot water. Stir well and immerse your fruits and vegetables in this solution for about 20-30 minutes. Wash them after soaking. This will kill most of the germs present on your food effectively. When they are air-dried, stack them in your refrigerator and use.
3. You could also try this solution too…take equal quantities of salt, turmeric and vinegar and mix them in hot water. Add this solution in a large utensil and soak your fruits and vegetables in it for approximately 20 minutes. You could also try adding half a lemon to this solution. Once soaked, wash them with normal water and dry and use. This solution is a good way to rid of most germs.
4. For vegetables like carrots and potatoes, you can choose the option of a simple scrub wash. Just use any scrubber and wash such vegetables and fruits well. Then you can soak them in cold water for 1-2 mins. Dry them off and use afterwards.
5. For cleaning leafy greens, its best to wash them in running water first. Then place them in a large bowl of ice-cold water with quarter of a cup of salt. This will ensure that your veggies are sanitized as well as have a longer shelf life.