Sunday, 26 January 2014

COOKING TIP: Baking Soda for Washing Your Veggies and Fruits

I often makes salad from raw or blanched vegetables.  Or when I cook dishes that consist of vegetables, I always want them half cooked.  But lately, I noticed that whenever my husband and I eat certain vegetables half cooked, we always have bouts of diarrhea.  

Don't get me wrong, I wash my vegetables at least 5 times.  I wash them in running water, then I soak them, then wash them again in running water several times.  But there are still vegetables we buy here that are not safe to eat raw or even half cooked.  Either because of the pesticides that stick to the produce, or some insects, fungi and other diseases that is present in the leaves, or the dirt and grimes that comes with the fruits and vegetables.

One day, my husband read something about baking soda being used to wash veggies and fruits, since then, I've been using baking soda.  Here is one technique I want to share with you:

1. First, wash the produce in running water to remove loose dirt and grimes and what-have-yous.  Do this at least twice.
2. Mix water and baking soda in a basin, the baking soda doesn't necessarily be completely dissolved.  Soak all the produce there, and leave them for about 5-10 minutes.  Scrub the fruits and or veggies one by one.
3. Finally, rinse your produce under tap water to remove the baking soda and any other dirt that has loosened up


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