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How To Wash Vegetables?
Vegetables are one of the healthiest food in our main meals but if we don't pay enough attention and time to clean them before serving, they can transfer tiny germs hidden between their small pores to our body and make us sick as we all know.
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Most of vegetables are made of green leaves and some of them grow on shrubs, some are root plants and grow under soil. There are many types of microscopic germs and parasites in soil and environment that can make us sick badly.
Along with agricultural improvements, many kinds of pesticides are produced and used in farming and planting. Many vegetables in supermarkets carrying these pesticides that are used in farming process.
Some vegetables have more pores like broccoli, and these pores are a good place for microbes to grow and live in. Most of vegetables are very delicate, soft and weak and can't resist rinsing for a long time.
There are some products in stores that contain chemical substances which can remove contaminants and pesticides from fruits and vegetables but it seems that they may damage the shape and surface of them slightly, besides many types of vegetables like mushrooms or green leaves can't tolerate and resist them well. Every one tries to avoid chemical substances that are one of the increasing negative results of machinery and developments in recent centuries.
One of the kitchen challenges in our every day life is cleaning the green food that should fill at least 1/4 of our meal plates.
There are natural products to replace with those chemical cleaners to remove dirt from foods more than water but still not completely. These simple products can be found usually in most of kitchens. Most usual kitchen things that are used in cleaning are salt, vinegar, baking soda and lime.
Please notice that we can't remove all contaminants by natural solutions, so there is always risk in this method.
You may also try to provide the fruits and vegetables from those supermarkets which you trust their products more than other stores, because some products are planted with less pesticides, chemicals and hormones or even without them although they still may carry germs and other natural contaminants.
Some of food and fruit packages are sold washed or pre-washed but they are not ready to eat yet.
Washing Fruits And Vegetables With Natural Materials
1-Clean fruits and vegetables by removing damaged spots, extra stems, or withered leaves. You'd better to not cut fruits and vegetables before soaking them in water, because the cut part can absorb the contaminants through water as it has lost it's protective skin in that parts.
2-Rinse them well in colander with cold water with a medium pressure. Vegetables may lose their freshness and nutrition slightly and become soften if they are washed by hot water or in high pressure for a time longer than their tolerance.
3-Some fruits and vegetables have harder skin like citrus and melons. Rub their skin with a sponge or fruit-scrub. You may add vinegar or baking soda while scrubbing. You can also use both vinegar and baking soda.
4-The best step to clean vegetables and fruits is to soak them in water. You may add 1-2 tea-spoon salt to water and leave them in this salty water for 1-5 minutes. Never leave fragile, soft leaves in water for more than 10 minute, as they may lose their color, hardness and even their nutrition.
5-Rub their surface with hands gently while rinsing with cold water for some seconds without pressing them.