I posted on Facebook that the secret to a Healthy diet is a well stocked kitchen. That is so true. Another secret to successful healthy eating in today's super busy, fast paced, on the go lifestyle is to have food ready to eat.
I've found vinegar to be the best option. Typically the direction is to add a cup of vinegar to a sink full of water. I liked the idea but felt I should clean my sink before soaking my produce in it. I am not the best nor the worst of house keepers, however, almost 100% of our food is prepared at home. That means my sink is used quite a lot already and definitely not always sparkling clean. <sigh> But I found a solution.
After a trip to the grocery store,
- I fill up my dish pan with water,
- add vinegar (1/2 to 1/3 cup),
- then add produce (apples, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, squash, etc.).
- Let it soak for about 20 minutes
- then rinse and either air dry or dry with a towel.
Vinegar has antiviral, antibacterial qualities and is used in various ways as a cleaner, disinfectant and more. It is so versatile, there are books written on the subject! Small books but books nonetheless. :)
Here's another tip. I haven't tried this yet but only because I am still using some of the veggie wash cleaner that I purchased at the grocery store (that was before I realized what I could do with simple vinegar and water).
- Mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle in a 3 (water) to 1 (vinegar) ratio. This is great to have on hand for the times you need to clean a single item of produce.
One final comment: I have had a few friends ask me about tasting vinegar on the food. You don't. It isn't an issue at all. It doesn't even soak into the strawberries and alter their taste so no worries about having sour tasting fruit & veggies. :)
Hopefully you will appreciate this technique and it's benefits as much as I do. It's so nice having clean produce ready to eat. And this method takes very little effort. Give it a try and tell me what you think. :)