Cleaning Your Produce: Are You Doing Enough?


Now that the little dude is dabbling in table food, I can’t help but think about the gross bits that may be lurking in the crevices of our fruits and veggies. Sure, I give everything a rinse and in some cases a full soak but how much grime, bacteria and pesticides are really removed by a quick dip in cold water? I recently received a bottle of Aussan Natural Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Wash and I’m giving it a try. So I’m curious, what’s your system for cleaning your veg? What’s the scoop on these cleaning products? Do they really work? Is there a cheaper but equally effective alternative in the pantry? Here is an interesting article on the subject including great tips for how to keep your food safe from two of my favorite sources, America’s Test Kitchen and NPR.

Here are two interesting facts from the Aussan website that have me thinking more about cleaning my food…
Did You Know:

Some doctors warn that children’s growing brains are the most vulnerable to pesticides in food. – Danielle Dellorto, Senior Medical Producer CNN

“Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The  diseases we’re beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of this century and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.”
– Dick Irwin, toxicologist at Texas
A&M Universities