I try to buy organic produce as much as I can. It is my hope to reduce the amount of harmful, carcinogenic pesticides my family is ingesting when they eat. Plain and simple. Unfortunately, buying organic produce isn’t always plain and simple. There are times when certain things stop me from getting the organic produce I prefer.
Sometimes, the organic produce I’m looking for just isn’t available. This happens with grapes all the time. Other times, it’s about three times the cost, or even more. Don’t you just love it when conventional strawberries are 2/$3.oo and one package of organic strawberries is $5.99? What about when I’m buying for a party? I can’t always afford to buy large quantities of organic produce.
Recently I asked my daughter Meghan what kind of fruit she’d like me to get at the grocery store that week. She answered grapes and strawberries. Low and behold, the grocery store didn’t have organic grapes or organic strawberries. I didn’t want to come home without her fruit of choice, but my mind was waging a battle as I thought of all the pesticides these conventional fruits would have. Then, I had a vague memory of a friend posting something on Facebook about a special way of washing conventional produce to remove pesticides. I threw the conventional produce in the cart and set myself on a mission to find out how I could wash this fruit so I’d feel better about my family eating it. (Side note: Mom guilt is real.)
After researching how to wash conventional produce to remove pesticides, I found the answer was quite simple: use vinegar! Good old vinegar to the rescue once again. I feel much better about occasionally feeding my family non-organic produce now that I know I can reduce the amount of pesticides on the fruits and vegetables by using this simple natural vinegar wash. Here’s how you do it:
How to Remove Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables
1. Fill a large bowl with 4 parts water to 1 part plain white vinegar.
2. Soak the fruit or vegetables you’d like to clean in the mixture for 20 minutes.
3. Rinse the fruit or vegetables well with water.
Studies have shown that washing your produce can reduce the pesticide residue, but won’t eliminate all pesticides. I feel better just knowing that I am removing as many pesticides as I can by using this natural vinegar wash. Another benefit of using a natural vinegar wash is that you are also removing bacteria from the produce.
Some sources indicated that using this natural vinegar wash would not work well for porous berries such as strawberries. I tried it with strawberries and it worked beautifully. I was worried that they would taste like vinegar, but you couldn’t even taste a hint of vinegar from the natural vinegar wash. Win!
I will still choose organic produce as much as possible, especially when I’m buying produce from the Dirty Dozen list. This natural vinegar wash is a great solution, however, when buying organic produce isn’t possible. Even if you have organic produce, this method of cleaning your produce is great since even organic farmers use (natural) pesticides and you get the added benefit of removing bacteria that could make you sick. Give this natural vinegar wash a try! It’s easy and a great way to wash your produce.