Wash produce before preserving
Dirt and germs on the surface of fresh produce can be passed to the flesh when the fruit or vegetable is cut. As a result, it is important to follow good washing guidelines when preparing produce for preserving. To avoid contaminating produce, don't forget to wash hands well!
- Work in small quantities to prevent loss of quality and nutrients.
- Wash and drain produce BEFORE removing caps, cores, pits, seeds, skins or shells.
- Wash through several changes of clean water in a clean sink. Use water at a temperature close to the temperature of the produce.
- Produce with rinds and skins should be rubbed or washed with a produce brush under running water.
- Lift produce out of the water so the dirt is washed off and will not get back on the food.
- Do not let produce soak in water.
- Do not use soap or bleach to wash produce. These products may change the flavor and may not be safe to ingest.
Written by Deb Botzek-Linn, University of Minnesota Extension educator, 2011