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From Cook’s Illustrated – good to know

What are the best methods for washing fruit, vegetables, and other produce?

Forget buying expensive fruit and vegetable washes. A spray bottle filled with 3 parts water and 1 part white vinegar works just as well to clean smooth-surfaced produce such as apples and pears. Just spray, then rinse under tap water. In our tests, this method removed 98 percent of surface bacteria.

Delicate fruit, like berries, can be washed in a bowl filled with three parts water and one part white vinegar.

Drain, rinse with tap water, and then spin dry in a salad spinner lined with paper towels.

It’s also good practice to wash produce that has inedible rinds and peels, such as melons, because cutting into a contaminated peel can drag pathogens inside.

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