We have recently started washing all our produce in a cold vinegar water bath. It is healthy, and removes the dirt, film, and wax from fruits and veggies. We have also noticed it helps keep fruits, veggies and some berries fresher longer.
This is so simple and easy that you can do it at any time. For me, I do it as soon as I get home from the store. I quickly fill the sink, set the produce in, and begin to unload. By the time I am done, the produce is ready to be washed and set out to dry.
Here’s what to do:
You will need white vinegar, a clean sink, and cold water
Quickly wipe – with a soapy rag – and rinse one side of the sink. Fill the sink half way with cold water. Add just a splash of white vinegar into the water – just 1 tip splash; if I had to guess, I would say 1- 2 Tbsp. Add fruit and veggies to the water, making sure not to crowd them, and let it set for 20 to 60 minutes.
If you are washing berries or small fruit like grapes, place a colander in the water and then fill with berries and small fruit. You can use the colander to rinse the berries and small fruit in afterwards. We have recently been told that while it extends the life of berries, some berries like raspberries only last a few days longer. Items like peaches, once washed can last up to 2 weeks in the crisper.
Drain the water and rinse really well under cold water. Allow to air dry and store in the fridge.
Please note: Putting away slightly wet produce may result in moldy food after a few days. Please make sure your fruit is dry. If it isn’t, and you need to put it away, gently wipe it down with a cloth or paper towel before storing.