Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Homemade Veggie Wash

It's my favorite time of year-when new fruits and veggies that have been on vacation for months once again appear on the grocery store shelves. I have used commercial veggie washes, but they can be expensive (as can organic produce). I really don't like eating pesticides or waxes...
Here's what a quick 15 minute search of some blogs/websites/forums yielded:

Veggie Soak
1/4 cup vinegar
2 T salt
Soak veggies for 15 minutes

Veggie Spray
1 cup water
1 T baking soda
1 T fresh lemon juice


Unknown said...

Honey, thanks for this! I've always wanted to buy a commercial one but never give in because they're so expensive. Do the veggies not taste like vinegar after you soak them? Can you use any kind of vinegar?

Oh, and are there certain veggies you shouldn't use this one?

Okay.. last question... can you store the spray in your refrigerator or do you have to make it fresh every time?

Honey said...

The veggies won't taste funny. Just soak, then rinse in tap water. *The only veggies I might not use it with would be mushrooms. I would rinse them with water and dry them right away. No, you don't have to mix it up new everytime. I think vinegar and salt act as a preservative, but if you're still concerned about bacteria, I would just use distilled water in the mixture instead of tap water.

Unknown said...

Thanks Honey, I'm going to try it!