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Washing a food refers to cleaning it, typically in cold running water, before preparation and consumption. This is to reduce the risk of chemicals and disease that has accumulated. Typically, only fruits and vegetables are washed.


Difficulty to learn: Easy

Some Thoughts For You:

Washing a fruit or vegetable is always a good idea. You can never be sure exactly what chemicals may have worked into the ground while it was growing. For proper washing, you only need some cool running water. Never use soap or chemicals to wash your food. You can buy organic produce washes at the store that “enhance” your washing experience, but even the FDA recommends only using water to wash your food.

Basic Steps:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and hand soap. Make sure to completely rinse your hands and sink before you touch the food.
  2. Run cool water from your sink over all of the food, making sure to rotate it for a full wash. Although not recommended, you can use a safe commercially obtained produce wash if you feel comfortable.
  3. Dry your food with a soft clean cloth.

Tips For You:

  • Wash your food for at least a few seconds. A quick dip in the water might not be enough for a full wash.

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