Thursday, August 15, 2013

DIY Fruit and Vegetable Wash

We have a lot of fruits of vegetables that go through our kitchen.  Thankfully this summer, most of our produce has come from our own garden.  We didn't  get fruit trees planted this year like we had planned, so we buy a lot of our fruits from the local Amish community.  

We used to buy a fruit and veggie wash at the store, but lately we have been using this method for cleaning produce:

1 part vinegar to 10 parts water

I just put this mixture in my clean sink,  and soak any fruits or veggies for about ten minutes. All of the dirt will fall to the bottom of the sink.  I then rinse them off really good and let them dry thoroughly before storing them.  We do this with berries as well, and it extends their shelf life quite a bit!!  I had a batch of strawberries from a local farm that lasted me about 3 weeks in the fridge.  Vinegar helps to kill any mold causing bacteria that can cause fruits and veggies to spoil.  Its so nice to have fresh, clean produce all ready to go in the fridge.   Can you guess what I might be working on from these two pictures?

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