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    This is a revelation for me - I had no idea people soaked their fruit and veg? Whoa!!

    I'm definitely the wrong person to ask, I'm a quick rinse under the tap, or even occasionally a wipe on my tshirt and eat kinda girl.

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    I wipe apples on my shirt - does that count as washing?

    Pretty much everything else gets peeled.

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    I don't think I've ever washed a fruit or vegetable in my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I don't think I've ever washed a fruit or vegetable in my life.
    Me either, unless it had gunk on it. I tend to rub an apple on my shirt but that's about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow road View Post
    This is a revelation for me - I had no idea people soaked their fruit and veg? Whoa!!

    I'm definitely the wrong person to ask, I'm a quick rinse under the tap, or even occasionally a wipe on my tshirt and eat kinda girl.
    Phew! Im glad somebody else is like this I was starting to think I was weird lol

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    Actually sometimes I do wash it. If I'm baking pumpkin with the skin on I'll wipe the dirt off cos I don't like eating dirt.

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    I just use plain white vinegar. I'm a bit obsessive, my 'bath' is vinegar and slightly warm water, then I rinse them thoroughly with warm/hot water.

    They never taste like vinegar, sometimes the skin may go funny (carrots turn a little brown) but if you peel them they look normal underneath. The vinegar makes the wax start to come off the apples, so sometimes they have white streaks on the peel, but you can't taste it.

    With the bagged stuff, was it Bubbles that said its worse? So if I buy a bag of spinach that says 'washed and ready to eat' does that mean there's still a danger for listeria? Worried now, because I just transfer that straight to a Tupperware container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Lily View Post
    Phew! Im glad somebody else is like this I was starting to think I was weird lol
    I'm with you too...I half-heartedly wash fruit and veges if I am in the kitchen but I'm not fussed. I figure I'm breathing in enough pollutants in that atmosphere to make my fruit and vege washing almost irrelevant. ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirst33 View Post
    I just use plain white vinegar. I'm a bit obsessive, my 'bath' is vinegar and slightly warm water, then I rinse them thoroughly with warm/hot water.

    They never taste like vinegar, sometimes the skin may go funny (carrots turn a little brown) but if you peel them they look normal underneath. The vinegar makes the wax start to come off the apples, so sometimes they have white streaks on the peel, but you can't taste it.

    With the bagged stuff, was it Bubbles that said its worse? So if I buy a bag of spinach that says 'washed and ready to eat' does that mean there's still a danger for listeria? Worried now, because I just transfer that straight to a Tupperware container.
    If you are buying those pre packaged things from Coles or Woolies I wouldn't worry too much as there is a massive quality assurance procedure to be followed with a lot of testing & compliance needed.

    The reason pre cut products are more at risk is because when the product is cut it's a better environment for bacteria to breed etc....
    And because fruit & veg is fresh there isn't a kill step in the processing so the product must be handled, packaged & stored correctly to be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missy18 View Post
    If you are buying those pre packaged things from Coles or Woolies I wouldn't worry too much as there is a massive quality assurance procedure to be followed with a lot of testing & compliance needed.

    The reason pre cut products are more at risk is because when the product is cut it's a better environment for bacteria to breed etc....
    And because fruit & veg is fresh there isn't a kill step in the processing so the product must be handled, packaged & stored correctly to be safe.
    Yes, just the bagged spinach from woollies, as I figured it was safer than then unbagged and that it was probably too sensitive to wash in vinegar. I put spinach in my smoothie.

    Does anyone wash their lettuce or spinach in their vinegar baths?

    ETA: should I avoid their bagged lettuce? I never buy it but this week I was massively craving salads so bought a bag of their 'washed and ready to eat.'


 

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