I frequently say something like wash or scrub vegetable well. What does that really mean?
To wash or not to wash?
I asked my grandmother when she asked me to wash the grapefruit we were about to eat, why she wanted me to do that if we were just going to slice them and eat the inside. She said the juice would get on the outside and into the part we ate. Bubbe knows, made sense to me. Now I wash everything but bananas.
How to wash:
A soft bristled vegetable brush works well. If you don’t have one use a clean scrubby or rough rag dedicated only for vegetables. The softer the flesh, the gemtler the pressure. I barely push at all for a tomato. For a carrot or potato I scrub vigorously especially if they are visibly dirty. Whether you plan to eat the peel, like an apple or carrot, or not, rub and rinse it well under running water. This will help flush any toxins and pesticides away and down the drain.
And remember: You never need to wash your vegetables in any kind of soap. No dish soap tubbies for the vegetables.
Next Up Thursday:
How to for Fall Pumpkin Scones