I have always been one to wash fruit right before I’m going to eat it; and by “wash”, I mean running it under water for 2 seconds. Then, I discovered a little tip for washing all your fruit at once, and you kill some bacteria and mold in the process.
Here’s What You’ll Need
Week after week I put up a picture of the items you will need in order to complete the cleaning tip. Many times the photo shows one lonely jug of vinegar. If you’ve been here awhile, I’m sure you are somewhat tired of these, so I’m sparing you, and just saying: “You will need one cup of vinegar”.
Start by cleaning your sink. No need to wash fruit in a dirty sink. (I washed mine down with my Homemade Shower/Tub Cleaner, and then rinsed the sink with warm water.)
Next, plug the drain and fill the sink with cool water, adding 1 cup of vinegar to it. Remember, vinegar works well as both an antibacterial and antifungal.
Add all your fresh fruit and allow it to soak for 10 minutes. I kept my berries in their packaging since it has holes allowing the water and vinegar to seep in.
After ten minutes, remove your fruit and rinse with cool water.
Allow it to dry in a strainer or on some paper towels, and return it to the refrigerator. Now you have clean fruit any time.
*Note: Some claim their berries last longer using this wash, and that may be true since the vinegar could help to slow down the molding process. I actually experimented with this on a smaller scale with some raspberries. After about 10 days, I felt they were both at the same phase of “getting old”, so I cannot say this will prolong the life of your fruit, but it certainly will clean it a whole lot better than running it under water for 2 seconds.
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