Food Safety Tip: How to Wash Fruits and Veggies

Do you think that food is safe?

Twenty-nine percent of Americans are not too confident or not at all confident in the safety of the U.S. food supply according to the 2013 Food & Health Survey.

When I am the boss of the world, I will make all food safe, healthy, and yummy.

But until then, there are things that you can do to make your own food more safe.

Here’s an easy one:

Wash all of your fruits and vegetables before eating them. Even if you are going to peel them.

Why?

Because it’s easy to transfer icky bacteria from the outside to the inside of your fruits and veggies as you cut or peel them.

Think about it:

You wash your hands.

You grab a clean knife.

You pick up your unwashed orange, crawling with millions of icky germs that too small to see.

Some of the germs crawl onto your hands.

If you peel the orange and then eat it with your hands, some of the germs crawl from your hands to the inside of the orange before you pop the juicy segments into your mouth.

If you cut the orange, your knife will grab some of the germs from the peel and drag them through to the juicy segments.

Juicy segments crawling with germs

Juicy segments crawling with germs

Yuck!

Important life lesson: Wash your hands, knife, and orange before you cut or peel it to avoid eating icky germs.

What’s the best way to wash fruits and veggies?

Here’s how to use super ninja skills to wash all your produce effectively:

  1. Cut away any damaged or bruised areas.
  2. Rinse produce under running water. Don’t use soap, detergent, bleach, or commercial produce washes.
  3. Scrub firm produce—like melons or cucumbers—with a clean produce brush.
  4. Dry produce with a paper towel or clean cloth towel. If you’re eating it right away and don’t mind if it’s a little damp, you can skip this step.

Want to cheat the system?

You can if you buy bagged produce marked pre-washed. It’s safe to use without further washing.

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