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What food do you wash that you're sure no one else does?

I wash onions before slicing them. And even though you're not supposed to I wash mushrooms and all berries. Needless to say I all melons,bananas and cukes. Does anyone else in Chowhoundville wash onions?

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  1. Unless it has visible dirt/mud on it, I've never washed any food that I can remember. And at 67, I'm still kicking :)

    Oh, wait, if meat that I'm getting ready to cook has visible 'jus' on it I rinse it off.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Same here- and i swear i never get sick. (Knocking on wood). Like one cold a year or so and that's it- maybe i'm living on the edge munching street vendor grapes as is but i think my immune system is stronger for it.

      1. re: Ttrockwood

        I agree with the whole immune system thing. I drink tap water almost anywhere in the world, eat fried chicken from street vendors in Guatamala, etc. My only food-related sickness was from US-produced peanut butter that was tainted with salmonella. I personally think life's too short to worry about "what-ifs".

        1. re: c oliver

          Sorry to hear of the salmonella! Must have been rough. I didn't know peanut butter was among the conveyances of that bug, but I guess most anything can be.

          1. re: Bada Bing

            We were in Brazil where we'd noticed that there was no peanut butter anyway. When we finally found a store we bought it kind of on a lark. There was a kind pharmacist there who gave me a rx for Cipro. I had been well for a week or two before I saw the article - yep, my lot #.

            1. re: c oliver

              As an aside, I'm reflecting that I'm not sure where in the world peanut butter is common apart from North America. It was among those things I missed when in Germany for some years.

              1. re: Bada Bing

                We're heading back to Rio in about a month, I'll do some research :) That's actually why we bought it. The shelves were full of Nutella but no PB.

      2. re: c oliver

        I'm pretty much the same way. I generally get produce from reputable vendors/farmers anyway.

        1. I can't think of anything I don't wash.

          1. Canned goods (e.g. soup, sardines, salmon, tuna).

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                I do often wash/wipe down the tops cans.
                I also don't wash most of my produce and I'm also a nail biter, and I almost never get sick.

                1. re: iheartcooking

                  I wipe the off the tops of any soda cans I buy loose. I also wash the outside off the plastic packaging that Jimmy Dean-type sausage comes in. They have the packaging marked on the outside so you can slice into it right through the plastic but when I think of all the hands that have touched that outside wrapper, it makes me cringe.