Finally, the spring it is at this stage that beside fresh radishes, lettuce and chives, we can enjoy the just maturing in our part of the world the first fruits. Many of us, however, has legitimate concerns, namely, we assume that most of the available strawberries and cherries were treated with chemicals. In the article I’m presenting you my method of how to wash strawberries to make them safer.
How not to get poisoned by eating strawberries treated with pesticides?
And as a woman is pregnant or has a baby it’s all aunts and neighbours would like to take the strawberries out of her mouth and out of baby’s hands. And instead they would give them a cake.
Fortunately for real (whole) food lovers – there is a way how to deal with uncertain fruits and vegetables.
How to wash strawberries and get rid of pesticides from fruits and vegetables?
I do this:
1. Quickly wash the vegetables/fruits in tap water to get rid of the physical dirt (dust, soil, etc.).
2. Soak vegetables/fruits in a bowl of water with vinegar or citric acid. This step is to remove the bacteria.
3. Then soak them in a second bowl in water with baking soda. This step is to remove pesticides.
4. At the end wash it in tap water from soda and leave them to dry.
Is it not too much work?
The advice on how to wash strawberries and other whole foods is from me, a person who call makeup, lotions and nail painting a waste of time. So the procedure I recommend to you certainly will not take much time.
Tips, how to simplify removing toxins from fruits and vegetables
I put larger fruits and vegetables such apples directly in the bowl. However, to make the soaking and rinsing in the case of strawberries, cherries and other small fruits easier, you can put them into a sieve (or colander) and put the whole sieve into the bowls.
Instead of using bowls you can fill with water your sink compartments – you will have less dishwashing.
You can – just like me – not search for and not measure the recommended amount of vinegar or citric acid and baking soda. I’d have to measure the capacity of my bowls, memorize it, count how much should I add, add it using spoons to measure the amount, then wash the spoons. I do not do that. I do the procedure according to the attitude: more or less, relaxed, easy-going, lazy and slow life.
Does the soaking work?
Note: such treated fruits and vegetables spoil faster. For me, this is PROOF that besides pesticides from farmers, certainly a large part of the chemicals went with them out of fruits and vegetables. The chemicals which fruits and vegetables are sprayed with in warehouses, during transport and in shops – just to survive longer.
This year I ate strawberries twice after rinsing them in vinegar and soda. Neither I nor my almost two year old did not have any problems after eating them. And I remember a few years ago I felt like dying after eating a kilo of delicious cherries.
The source of my method on how to wash strawberries is not only the wonderful internet, but also consultation with a nutritionist (dietician in order to get rid of chemicals from fruits and vegetables recommended baking soda and… dishwashing liquid).
I recommend the method, I wish you health and bon appetit!