When it comes to preparing food, most of us will admit to being a little bit clueless about best practice.
Whether the food is grown in the ground or stored and transported in a precarious manner, there are so many opportunities for the things we eat to become contaminated with harmful bacteria.
Today we’re sharing which foods you absolutely should wash, and those you really shouldn’t.
What should you be washing?
Before we delve into a list of all the foods you really do need to wash, we should say that using soap or bleach in the washing process is discouraged, to say the least. Soap and bleach can be really harmful to our bodies, so shouldn’t be used in food preparation.
If you want to add some extra strength to your soaking, we suggest using a bit of vinegar mixed into the water. It has brilliant disinfecting properties that can help reduce pesticides!
1. Nuts, seeds & dried fruit
This one might take you by surprise. You should be washing nuts, seeds and dried fruit before eating unless the packaging states that they are ready to eat. This is especially true if you have purchased them loose. Even if the nuts and seeds have been peeled, you just don’t know what could have happened during storage or transportation.
Nuts are coated in a pesticide called phytic acid, so washing them also helps to remove the harmful substance.
Grains such as rice and quinoa should be rinsed thoroughly before cooking to remove excess starch and bacteria.
How to wash:
Rinse the grains with cold water. Drain and repeat 2 or 3 times.
Cans & jars
Whether storing food or drink, you should give all cans and jars a wipe before you open and consume the contents. During transport and warehouse storage, cans and jars can become dusty and covered in bacteria.
If something has a long shelf life, chances are it has been sitting around for a little while and is therefore in need of a jolly good clean. The awful truth is that warehouses, where these goods are stored, can become home to a number of pests.
Even if the pests can’t get into the goods, they may have crawled over them, depositing all manner of bacteria – and maybe even urine!
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