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Apr 2, 2014 03:23 PM


So.. I'm trying to avoid the dirty dozen and eat more organically, especially with a toddler now. But my in-laws keep bringing me these huge bags of non-organic grapes (black seedless). I know, I know... what's the problem? Well, what can I do to use up these grapes without also ingesting all the pesticides? I really don't want food to go to waste but knowing that grapes is high on the "dirty" list is pretty discouraging. Am I over-thinking this one? Any suggestions appreciated! Thanks everyone!

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  1. I suppose it might help somewhat to peel them, but IMO fussing over ingesting topically-applied pesticides from food is an exercise in futility and an attempt to fool yourself into a false sense of security. God knows what contaminants in the ground, water, and air are getting into your food. Organic food production can only control so much.

    Then there are the chemicals in construction materials, furnishings, vehicles, and so on. Personally, I don't even wash my produce on a consistent basis. I'm not convinced that a mere rinse in water has any effect on surface contamination other than to wash off soil particles.

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    1. re: greygarious

      I know... I really vacillate a great deal from one spectrum to the other, depending on the day! Thanks :)

      1. re: jdubz16

        I understand your thoughts but, I've been eating fruits and drinking tap water since I came here and am quite healthy. I wash everything carefully and do the best I can. Also, what about the harvesting of these fruits etc, organic or not, how clean are those hands.

      1. re: Karl S

        Yes, I'm over-thinking it? Haha... sigh...

      2. Not to worry. Pesticides are low in calories'd have to eat about 40 tons of grapes to be affected.

        1. Use some of that fruit and veggie wash, be gracious and say thank you, then enjoy them!!
          I love grapes semi-frozen (in the freezer for an hour or so), in salads, and of course as is.....
          Yummy problem to have! Don't over scruitinize it.

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          1. re: Ttrockwood

            I love frozen grapes!!! I should remember to do this this summer.

          2. I wash grapes with soap and water, then rinse well. Probably doesn't get rid of all (some?) of the pesticides, but does remove the dirt/dust which also contain contaminants.