Also what is the deal with frozen fruit (strawberries etc.) that you buy from the freezer section in woolies/coles?
Should we be washing these before use too or have they already been washed?
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If its got sand on it ill rinse it. lol thats about the extent of my fruit and veg washing
There is no risk of listeria in frozen berries as the fruit is frozen and it wouldn't survive - however blueberries/strawberries etc are one of the dirty dozen ( foods containing the most pesticide/chemical residue) so I only buy organic berries ( the frozen ones are not as expensive as the fresh ones!) and they are pre washed before freezing
Fruit and veggies are not considered a high risk for listeria unless they are pre packaged and cut and there is no risk if the veggies are cooked. I wash fruit due to not knowing who has touched it,I'm more thorough with salad and fruit that touches soil like strawberries
I don't wash everything. If its being peeled, I leave it. If its being cooked, I leave it. But things like lettuce, celery and herbs I do rinse - mainly to get the sand and bugs off them.
Stiflers Mom (29-07-2013)
It's not listeria that is the worry when washing fruit and veg, toxoplasmosis is the reason you should wash your fruit and veg.
ETA: and chemicals if not organic, and other people's dirty hands
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 29-07-2013 at 16:14.
I wash apples and pears thoroughly, things that you eat with skin on, ever since I bit into an apple with nasty, bitter chemicals on it. Everything else is either peeled or rinsed quickly.
I wash it if there is dirt on it, or bugs.
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