Photo Credit: Lori Colwell
This may seem like a silly question and about a year ago I thought so myself. I haven’t seen a study or anything but, watching Youtubers use the fancy fruit and veggie wash and then put them in these fancy containers, I just thought it was another way for someone to make money.
I decided since Amazon has such an amazing return policy that I would pick out some reasonably priced containers and give it a try. My husband was skeptical too.
I read that you can use Distilled White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar to wash your fruit and veggies, instead of buying an actual wash, that costs more money. Cool, I already use both of those Vinegars in bulk around here.
Place your fruit/veggies in large bowl (or I use the foot bath from the hospital, cleaned and sanitized and only used for kitchen purposes, of course!), fill up with cold water to cover the top of the product. Keep in mind that some will float because of the natural water content in them. Pour about 1 Tbsp of your choice of Vinegar and gently swish/ stir with your hand. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse the product with cold water and spread out on a clean dish towel to air dry.
Spreading out to air dry gives you the chance to pick through the pieces that are too far gone or need to be eaten right now so that they don’t spoil the good fruit. Pull the grapes off of the vine and cut up the strawberries. You can leave the strawberries whole but, if you kids are like mine this will be easy to grab and serve and you will be back at the store before you know it.
Now the containers I mentioned earlier. I am not here to sell you anything and I do not make a dime off of telling you about them. #nonsponse Although, I will tell you that they are a game changer. My husband is shocked and my friend Lori is getting compliments on her Magazine quality fruit. The containers have a basket lining that separates the food from the moisture in the container, keeping the product fresher longer.
I will link the ones that we use down below and note that I ordered a second set and want to get more of the medium size. There are 2 different links for the 3 different sizes. Be sure to check out both of them. There are also directions for freezing and thawing your meat in the description. I have not done this, I only use them for fruit and veggies.
If you do not want to spend the money on the containers you can still wash your fruits and veggies and then place them in a glass jar with a paper towel on top and store the jar upside down in the fridge. With the lid on of course. I’ve also heard that storing them in just a glass jar, nothing fancy, will work as well.
- Another random tip is to store your cut up celery submerged in cold water. My friend asked me why I am drowning celery in my fridge. It keeps it crisp, just be sure to drain and change the water every couple of days.
If you try out any of these methods or already do this practice let me know in the comments.
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