Washing Fresh Produce With Vinegar

So you shop at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Bring home the loot feeling great and ready to eat. But you might want to take an extra step before you nosh.

Fresh produce can have a few things left on there you may not want to ingest. Namely harmful bacteria and parasites.

So instead of giving up healthful produce you can give it a vinegar bath to kill bacteria and other things you don’t want to ingest.


Fill your clean kitchen sink with water or use a rectangular tub to fill with water and 1 cup of white vinegar.

Let everything sit for about 20 minutes.

Remove from vinegar bath then rinse well. Dry and store in fridge or serve immediately.

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When I pulled this produce out of the bath, the water had little particles floating around and I’m sure lots of other little things I couldn’t see but surely don’t want to eat.

I started doing this a few months ago and noticed positive changes in my digestion which leads me to believe this is a healthful practice and worth the little bit of extra time.

Studies prove this actually works too, check out this article from NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14540742

The best thing to do it wash your produce as soon as you get home. Then pop in the fridge or prep foods – chop, steam, or roast for the week.

I had 3 batches of veggies to wash, but now it’s all done so I can eat them when I’m ready, pack up for lunches, or get on the dinner table quickly.

Do you wash your produce? Have you noticed a difference in your own health?

Please share in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!



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