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How to Prepare Vegetables and Fruits for Consuming

Before making juice, the first important aspect we must considered is how to prepare fruits and vegetables so it safe for consumption.

Properly washing fruits and vegetables is the best way to avoid food-borne illnesses.

1# Organic vegetables and fruits do not have to be peeled, but it’s advisable to peel sprayed or waxed produce. 

2# All fruits and vegetables should be washed and scrubbed even if you are peeling, as bacteria from the outside of the skin can be transferred to the inside when peeled or cut with a knife.

3# Do not wash produce with soaps or detergents. Soak produce for 10 minutes in 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar per quart of water. Then soak vegetables for 2 minutes in clean cold water.

4# Put berries that are fragile including strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries in a strainer and spray with filtered water.

5# If lettuce or spinach is marked prewashed or triple-washed, it’s best to rewash again as many of these products are packed in plastic containers or bags.

How to wash

By following a few essential steps, you can be certain that your produce will be ready for juicing and blending.

1. Wash your hands with soap before cleaning your vegetables.

2. So as not to carry bacteria onto the peeler or knife, wash all produce before peeling

or cutting.

3. Carrots and other organic root vegetables often do not need peeling. Scrubbing with a vegetable brush and rinsing under water is all they need. Beets are an exception as the skin is bitter. Peel beets before juicing or blending.

4. Wash all fruit and remove any bruised or damaged parts.

5. Peel back and discard any bruised or limp outermost leaves of lettuce and cabbage.

6. Even if a package says prewashed or three times washed, rewash again as most

times the contents have been stored in a plastic container or bag.

Best way to store fruits and vegetables

  If possible, it’s best to take a few minutes when you get your produce home to prepare them properly for refrigeration. 

1# Wrap vegetables in paper towels and store in refrigerator. This will keep them dry and crisp. 

2# Place wrapped produce in sealed container or plastic bag. 

3# Do not wash produce before storing unless you plan to use it within 2–3 days, as the water will age the produce more quickly. Use what you need daily and rewrap again with dry paper towels.

4# Fruits may be left out of the refrigerator if you will be using them within a week. Do not refrigerate unripe fruits. Let them ripen on your kitchen counter. 

5# Berries stay fresher when stored unwashed in the refrigerator. Lay them loosely in a container lined with paper towels and then cover.

6#  Do not use old or yellowed greens. 

7# Cut bruises off apples before juicing. 

8# Bananas that become spotted are ripe and are best for freezing. Peel banana, and break in half or smaller pieces, and then freeze in sealed container or plastic zip top bags. Frozen bananas are great for using in smoothies.