It is always important to wash your produce, and even more important today with COVID-19 on everyone’s mind. Some people are viciously washing their produce and have noticed some have started to wilt or go bad faster. It is recommended by Health Canada to wash your produce and store your groceries properly. Following these recommendations not only prevents bacteria in your home but also prevents cross-contamination.
Even though our warehouse and packers have enhanced safety practices, it is essential to wash your produce once your delivery has arrived.
We are here to give you 6 easy steps on how to wash your produce properly:
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before washing, touching, or preparing any food, including produce. The importance of washing your hands cannot be emphasized enough.
Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly under fresh, cold, running water even if you plan to peel them. This prevents the spread of any germs and bacteria that may be present. Many posts are suggesting using soap, however this practice has not been given out by Health Canada. If you do decide to use soap, wash thoroughly to ensure no soap is left on your produce as it is not good for your tummy.
Use a clean brush or sponge for any root vegetables and heartier fruits like apples. Make sure to remove all dirt before storing your produce away.
For delicate fruits and vegetables like berries or lettuce, place in a bowl and let cool water run on them. Remove any leaves from the outside of the head of lettuce and any bruised fruits.
Thoroughly dry your fruits and vegetables with a clean cotton cloth or a paper towel before storing your produce in a cool place.
Disinfect all surfaces, including your sink after everything is put away with a kitchen sanitizer or a beach solution.
Now that you have washed all produce, surfaces and your hands read these tips on how to make your produce last until your next delivery.