Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Organic Fruit and Vegetable Wash
95% of the fresh fruit and vegetables I buy are organic, but not all fruits are available organically at all times. Take grapes, for instance. Organic or domestic grapes are so hard to come by, especially during this time of year, even at our co-op. So, what's a Mom to do? Offer no grapes at all in their childs diet or wash with an organic fruit wash? I clean and soak my conventional grapes. The wash is designed to remove pesticide, fungicide and herbicide residues, wax and oils from the produce.
There are many fruit and vegetable washes out there, but you can simply make your own! (I do both...I have a bottle you can buy in the supermarket, but I have also made my own.) Choose which one works for you!
All you need is a spray bottle, one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and 1 cup water. Put the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake well. Spritz on your produce, and rinse well. If you're washing a lot of produce at one time, I usually put 1/4 cup of "cleaner" into a bowl of water, soak for about 30 seconds, swish, and rinse well.
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