Do you wash salad/fruit etc?
Had a client who was a fruit importer/grader for the big supermarkets. Advice was “believe me, if you knew what was used on this stuff (chemical wise) you WOULD wash it”. That was good enough for me. Washing only takes a few seconds. Haven’t grown any extra limbs or had any body parts fall off so must be working.Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
Always wash it, always. It makes no difference if the packet says “washed ready to eat” because I just don’t believe it. I have seen inside a packing salad shed (nr Arelsford, Hants) and the machines they use wash tons of the stuff, but they do put through only 1st washed salad into the fully washed salad if they’ve got orders to fulfil.Posted 4 years ago
We have gone through 2 salad spinners in the last 7mths, damn things are rubbish these days.DracSubscriber
Had a client who was a fruit importer/grader for the big supermarkets. Advice was “believe me, if you knew what was used on this stuff (chemical wise) you WOULD wash it
And you believed him. Don’t you think that just maybe he was telling an urban myth. Just how would the be able to sell food if it was covered in chemicals?Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Totally depends what I buy and from where. Pre washed and prepared supermarket salad generally not. Things like whole lettuce or anything from organic market stall yes. Often a few bugs but in reality they won’t kill you. Supermarket fruit is often sprayed with pesticide for bugs and wax to make to look shiny, best to give it a wash or at least a quick rub on your shirt.
The gf bought some lovely cep mushrooms from an organic producer, then took a while cutting them into pieces and soaking them in vinegar, it was amazing the amount of bugs which emerged. The mushrooms where very tasty btw.
EDIT you wash stuff to take chemicals off, to remove grit / soil and insects. It’s a bit of a sad world that we are so used to supermarket ready to eat produce. Vegetables like lettuce have to have individual leaves washed, so if you buy a whole lettuce the inside cannot have been washed and if there are no bugs it’s because of lots of pesticide used in the productionPosted 4 years agonealgloverMember
Never wash salad, veg or fruit.
The only thing I’m tempted to rinse are leeks as they often have sandy grit near the tops, but I’ve actually never bothered, most of it comes out in the pan, and the last bit won’t do anyone any harm.
I would like to think my attitude to this has contributed to my superhuman immune system, although it’s equally as likely I’m just storing up loads of superbugs in my system that are going to all strike at once and I’ll explode.
Looking forward to finding out which it is though !Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@neal for leeks you can cut off the tops (make good soup with those) then holding root end put knife in vertically and run up to top end. Rotate 90 degrees then do same then wash the quartered fan (held together by root end) and then cut up as required – as you say it’s just generally a bit of sand like soil though.Posted 4 years agoIanMunroMember
I don’t wash, well apart from if it’s obviously got mud and bugs on it.
Any chemicals that have been on it aren’t going to nicely sit on the surface waiting for you to wash them off, they’ll be within the plant by the time you touch it. Likewise e-coli, assuming that you’ve got the nasty ones on there, then washing will reduce the quantity but not enough to stop it causing problems, and realistically it’s as likely to come from your hands as any other source.
I suspect the reason it says ‘wash’ is much along the lines of ‘may contain nuts’Posted 4 years agokiwifizSubscriber
@drac: Interesting interpretation of urban myth source. You really believe we are sold chemically free fruit and veg??
Apologies for US source but vaguely relevant.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Surely for the veg to have pesticides on it it would have to not have rained between the application of pesticides and harvesting, which seems unlikely. I seem to remember hearing from a farmer that they were only sprayed once fairly early on so pesticides should have been washed off.
As for dirt, just think how much of that ends up in your mouth whilst MTBing 🙂 Not sure how much pesticide is IN the veg anywy. Is there any such thing as systemic pesticide?Posted 4 years ago
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