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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.

                  1. I wash everything, including eggs. They come out of a chicken's behind.

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                    1. re: sherrib

                      Most eggs come pre-washed. You can tell if they're not pre-washed because they have poop and feathers on them, so it's kinda obvious.

                      1. re: hill food

                        I am emailing Sarah McLaughlin asap. She will show up at your door and sing that wretched song from the Humane Society PSA.

                        1. re: MplsM ary

                          oh please explain or I won't sleep.

                          <edit> oh I getcha the one that's like "call within the next 10 minutes or all of these beautiful animals, (yes these specific ones) will be euthanized"

                          (and I am a supporter of animals, spay/neuter and humane treatment)

                          1. re: hill food

                            Ugh - I hate those commercials too. I'm currently fostering an underage puppy and a pregnant cat for the Humane Society. I don't need those commercials to make me feel bad for not sending money on top of that.

                            1. re: gmm

                              good for you. it's a frustrating effort, but, what is the alternative?

                      2. I rinse off most fruits and vegetables before eating if I am going to eat the skin or cut it. Things like bananas that will be peeled, no rinse. I don't soak or scrub unless there is visible dirt.

                        1. If you're washing some food item that you are sure that no one else does, wouldn't that be a sign of some kind of phobia? If you think no one else does it, what are you worried about?

                          1. I never used to wash melons, then someone once told me they're grown in chicken poop, and the idea of cutting through chicken poop skin and dragging it through the melon got to me. So now I always wash melons

                            I also wash chicken before cooking

                            Yes, I know I'm spreading campylobacter and there's no reason to wash it...but I bleach my counters, cutting boards, etc... so if it makes me feel better then what's the big deal? (and I haven't gotten anyone sick yet)

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                            1. re: cgarner

                              I just started washing melons this year, much for the same reasons (I saw bits of rind on my knife so I knew whatever was on the surface was getting spread around. I do this with cantelopes especially (I'm not sure why - they just seem to need it).

                              I wash my chicken, too. I try to be careful not to splash around while I'm doing it. I don't rinse off chicken thinking that I am getting rid of all the bacteria. It's just that the surface of the chicken is often runny or goopy, and I need a clean dry surface before applying a rub or at least salt and pepper.

                            2. A friend washes eggshells before cracking the egg. She can't even give a reason for it (she is a little compulsive, however). I've never been tempted to follow suit.

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                              1. re: pine time

                                I never used to do this. But then I started buying my eggs at the farmers market, and they sometimes have clearly visible chicken poop on them. That got my thinking about how every time I crack an egg, some of it runs down the outside of the shell, and sometimes I have to fish bits of shell out of the raw eggs . . . so yeah, now i wash eggs.

                              2. Melons have been associated with a nasty E.Coli outbreak, because they sit in the dirt and when the knife goes through the skin you infect the insides. Scallions full of E.Coli were traced to fields in Mexico that were full of human waste. Yeah wash those too.
                                This always makes me wonder what restaurants bother to wash (if anything).

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                                1. re: meinNYC

                                  And you don't think that if there was feces on the soil, it's not IN the produce, where no amount of washing the exterior makes a difference? You do know that manure is used as fertilizer, and what manure consists of, right?

                                  1. re: greygarious

                                    You do know that "hot" manure isn't used as fertilizer, don't you?

                                    1. re: greygarious

                                      Nothing as large as E. coli can cross the casparian strip/endodermis (in the roots of plants) - just water and minerals. No E coli is getting *in* the produce. We really just need to worry about the exterior.

                                      1. re: greygarious

                                        Grey, just for the record, fresh manure is not used as fertilizer. It has to be left to compost for at least 3 years. That assures complete decomposition in high enough temperature to kill pathogens.

                                        1. re: Gio

                                          Ha! That reminds me of someone who passed on some grapefruit to me - their friend had given it to them and they didn't like grapefruit. So, anyway, when it was given to me, the guy said, "it's organic, so make sure that you really wash it".

                                          I thanked him and took it and puzzled about his comment all the way home. Knowing him pretty well, I eventually came to the conclusion that to him, "organic" means poop fertilizer. Considering that grapefruit grows on trees, I further surmised that he must think that they have some sort of a poop gun that they shoot up into the trees with! Gave me a giggle...

                                          The grapefruit was yummy!

                                            1. re: Gio

                                              I know that, but it's still poop, which doesn't bother me but is probably the stuff of germaphobes' nightmares.

                                        2. Melons, yes, Bananas, no. any pealed veggies, carrots, onions, celery, frozen veggies that are going to be cooked no.
                                          Any fruit or veggie eaten raw gets at least a rinse.
                                          Any canned product gets rinsed on the outside before we use it.

                                          I am in NYC and our water is seriously chlorinated to remove almost all of the bad things, although heavy metals and particulate matter is not filtered out. About once a year we receive a flyer from the water supplier publishing the quality of our water, so I don't really worry too much.

                                          1. Yup, we wash melons, pineapples, bananas, everything. It's easy to do, bad things have happened to people who didn't, and I am a recovered ulcerative colitis person. It took me a long time to repopulate my innards sufficiently and I'm not screwing that up.

                                            To the OP: YES, you can and should wash mushrooms. Old wives' tale.

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                                            1. re: sandylc

                                              Not really, you shouldn't ever wash wild or delicate mushrooms. I give button mushrooms the hose though and let them dry back out in the fridge.

                                              1. re: On_yun

                                                Yes, you can wash them. Actually you need to submerge morels to remove the bugs.

                                                And when you wash mushrooms, only do it immediately before using them.

                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                  I guess we have to disagree then, no problem.

                                                  1. re: On_yun

                                                    The whole washing of mushrooms thing has been done to death, yet the wives' tales persist. Alton even did a diatribe on it.

                                                  2. re: sandylc

                                                    Agree on the morels. Bought them wild *once*. The resulting drowning of approx. 500 ants in several changes of water made me say "never again". Dried is just fine from now on, thxverymuch.

                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                      Wow! That's super gnarly. I'll have to keep that in mind on the rare occasions I get wild ones.

                                                      Edit: Did you not see the ants crawling around on them at all?

                                                    2. re: sandylc

                                                      When I'm lucky enough to get morels, I NEVER wash them and have never seen any bugs.

                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                        Consider yourself very, very lucky then. I'm not squeamish by any means, but let's just say the image of what seemed like an entire fucking army of ants floating around 5-6 morels will be forever etched into my mind.

                                                        1. re: linguafood

                                                          I always soak morels in salted water, then rinse.

                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                            I wonder if it's a regional thing. I've been eating morels for about 20 years and they've all come from either Southern Oregon or Northern CA. I just slice in half, saute' in butter and eat.

                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                              Maybe. I've always heard that PA is *the* mushroom state...

                                                              In any event -- dried will do it for me from now on.

                                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                                Kennet Square, actually.

                                                                I get mine from W. VA, sadly, only for a very brief period of time each spring.

                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                  When you reconstitute dried ones, can you then cook them as I described above or how please?

                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                    They obviously can't be sautéed like their fresh brethren, but they work quite well in sauces, which is how I use them for the most part anyway.

                                                                    They are fantastic with steak or over pasta, especially if you mix in other fresh sautéed mushrooms that don't necessitate anticide of biblical proportions prior to being cooked.

                                                        2. re: On_yun

                                                          I'm with you on this one.

                                                          Edit: what I said before still stands: I wash for dirt and visible stuff like that that will obviously impart a shitty taste. So sometimes I wash mushrooms obviously.

                                                          1. re: On_yun

                                                            Button mushrooms can be washed in a salad spinner and spun dry.

                                                            What is your problem with washing mushrooms?

                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                              I said buttons get the hose, in other words I wash buttons and other kinds that are strong enough to stand up to it. Morels have a little debris in them but it doesn't justify washing and bugs abandon ship. Other wild mushrooms that I've eaten have been delicate and you can tell washing just wouldn't be a good idea since it's hard enough to keep them good looking when cooked. I don't think I've ever washed enoki or any of the ones grown in the container you buy them in, you just cut the bottom off. I have no problem washing mushrooms unless it'll hurt the appearance or there isn't the need.

                                                              I don't always wash mushrooms but when I do I wrap them in a clean dry towel and throw them in the fridge. Then I drink a Dos Equis.

                                                          2. re: sandylc

                                                            Drives me crazy to see Rachael Ray tell her audience to just wipe mushrooms and celery with a towel.
                                                            Why bother?

                                                            1. re: monavano

                                                              Gets the bat poop off.


                                                              Celery would be a new one on me, she really recommends just wiping it off?

                                                          3. As soon as you cut open a piece of food, whatever bacteria was on the outside is now on the inside.

                                                            Raw meat bacteria is all over the outside of the meat package, too. If you picture how meat gets wrapped, how could it possibly NOT be?

                                                            1. I wash pretty much everything you've mentioned except bananas. With onions, I slice the ends and peel the outer layer of skin, wash them and the knife and the board, and then slice them. Ha. I'm paranoid.

                                                              1. My mom washes bananas. I don't though.

                                                                I rinse onions after peeling them -- sometimes there are small bits of the peel stuck to it from my knife, so I just give it a quick rinse before chopping.

                                                                1. I think I'm going to be the freak of this group.

                                                                  I wash everything. Often with dishwashing detergent. My stomach is compromised, as is my immune system, as a result of foodborne illness a long time ago. So... lesson learned. Anything that will be cooked and/or peeled gets a nice bath under the faucet. Anything that would be consumed raw gets scrubbed with soap (lettuce leaves, basil, apples, etc.). I also wash lemons with soap and water before slicing into them.

                                                                  For my SO I am not so paranoid. Things like lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, etc. get rinsed with water. Things that will be peeled and/or cooked are just rinsed of any visible debris.

                                                                  I do rinse onions after peeling them and before slicing. And I've tried not to, but I do rinse mushrooms.

                                                                  After all of the nasty e coli and salmonella outbreaks in melons and pineapple, I do wash them with soapy water before slicing into them. It's something my mother had always done when I was growing up and I figure why not.

                                                                  1. To all of those who say they've never gotten sick:

                                                                    It only takes one time.

                                                                    THEN, you'll change your mind.

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                                                                    1. re: sandylc

                                                                      My logis is not "I've been doing it for a while so I'll continue to be fine".

                                                                      More along the lines of: "I realistically understand the risks I am subjecting myself too, and understand the expected value of my actions".

                                                                      Getting sick once would not impact how I eat. The odds do not change, so why would me future actions?

                                                                      1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                        The point is that the odds DO change if you wash off the bacteria/parasite.

                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                          I thought the point was that people will change their mind once they get sick.

                                                                          But I agree with this:
                                                                          "The point is that the odds DO change if you wash off the bacteria/parasite."

                                                                          the odds change (however slight) if you wash food.

                                                                          1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                            If I got t-boned going through an intersection on a green light, in the future I might start looking for cross traffic, or at least trying to better anticipate other drivers actions. If the odds are low of it happening again because most people don't blatantly run red lights I'd still say I'd likely pick up a more defensive posture when driving.

                                                                            1. re: On_yun

                                                                              I can't agree with you on that, at least how I'd personally alter my actions (I still wouldn't).

                                                                              In my eyes, both scenarios, getting t-boned, and getting sick from food; the risks are already priced in so to speak. We already know about them and currently alter our actions accordingly to achieve our desired risk. The only reason to alter your actions after the fact is if you had not originally priced those risks in and were under representing (or over representing) your risk. In terms of food, I expect that I could get sick (never have yet, but it doesn't mean I can't in the future). When I get sick (if I do), it is an expected possibility and won't bother me because it was already priced in.

                                                                              As far as driving, most people should be way more aware in general. Especially in Seattle, we have the worst drivers I've ever encountered here. Nobody has a fucking clue what's going on around them.

                                                                              1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                I get what On-yun is trying to say. If you've ever been in a bad accident, it probably taught you something about driving, even if it's as simple as "Yeah it's possible to get seriously rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight minding your own business" AKA you can't trust other drivers all the time. I got t-boned when I first learned to drive by a truck in a high speed chase with police and was about 5 inches from becoming a quadriplegic. It has still to this day made me cautious when passing by alley ways, even though the likelihood of a stolen truck zooming out of one at 55 MPH is very slim.

                                                                                So no, that didn't scare me away from driving, but it did teach me that (very) unexpected things can happen and one has to be even more than "aware" or defensive to reduce the chances of an accident. I'm in L.A. so I think we have worse drivers than you, but I don't know Seattle.

                                                                                On to food poisoning then... I don't think a bout of food poisoning is going to scare anyone from eating again, but unless you've had a truly um... EXPLOSIVE bout of foodborne illness, I don't think you know how it might affect your food hygiene routine in the future. After spending time getting to know your bathroom floor for a few days and possibly a hospital emergency room puke bucket AND bedpan at the same time, you might decide that it's just easier to take a few seconds and rinse off your lettuce.

                                                                                Sorry to chime in with this, but I have a chronic and essentially terminal illness from food poisoning, so I know it's impacted how I clean food very much. My mother has had full blown salmonella which required ambulance rides to the hospital twice in her life, and once got Hepatitis B from a salad which had her in quarantine for 6 months unable to get out of bed (back in the early 80s). All of these were from restaurants. It hasn't scared my mother off of chicken or salads or eating out by any means, but she is cautious when cooking at home, especially if for others.

                                                                                1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                  Yeah but trust me, a little trip with Mr. Ecolaie can change that price. You may be a defensive driver now, but when your life flashes before your eyes and you get slammed out of the blue, see blood, you'll become a new kind of defensive driver. There's knowing risk, and then there's KNOWING risk.

                                                                                  I'm an adventurous eater by most people's standards, at least that I know personally, but I follow my feelings more now than I used to. The price changed for me, so in order for me to eat raw or rare ground meat I have to be pretty sure of the whole trip it's had on it's way to my plate.

                                                                                  I'll trade you drivers for seafood availability?

                                                                                  1. re: On_yun

                                                                                    I actually almost did get t-boned at low speeds twice in the last 4 months, I shit you not. Luckily it was at low speeds and easily avoidable. Too many dope fiends around here...

                                                                                    Ahh, I love the seafood around here though. Definitely one of the main reasons I'm here, well worth the clueless drivers.

                                                                                    Nothingiswrong: I've had some of that explosive foodborne illness you speak of, completely miserable. Didn't really change anything though.

                                                                                    Everyone reacts differently I guess. Though maybe if I had gone through everything you have gone through that might change my opinion. I can't say for sure though.

                                                                                    1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                      Fair enough! Thought you'd said elsewhere that you've never gotten sick from food before, so forgive me for ranting at the wrong person.

                                                                                      1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                        Odds are funny things. I've been in about 14 car accidents. Several of them were totals. None of them were my fault and I could not have avoided them except by being somewhere else instead - I wasn't even the driver in some of them.

                                                                                        I'm hoping I've taken the odds for my family so that they don't have to be in any wrecks.

                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                          Wow. Goes to show how luck > skill.
                                                                                          Hopefully you don't get into any more. I bet that statistically speaking very few people have been in that many wrecks. I'm lucky, no real accidents so far.

                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                            How scary sandy. Glad you're okay.

                                                                                            I've been in just the one total and a few minor fender benders (as has everyone I know who drives in L.A.). But I've seen some absolutely horrific accidents here. Last Christmas morning I was driving back home from my parents' house and watched an unconscious driver make his way several miles through the windy 405 stretch going from L.A. to the San Fernando Valley. He was going about 50 MPH and banging back and forth between the medians the entire way. It was truly terrifying to watch, helpless... There were a bunch of us following him slowly, on the phone with the police.

                                                                                            Once we got into the valley, going downhill, his car sped up and must have been going 80+ MPH. He skidded sideways--on no tires at this point, windows shattered--and the car literally EXPLODED into a ball of fire. I've never seen anything like it.

                                                                                            I was amazed at how many other commuters then jumped from their cars, over the medians on a busy freeway, and ran into fire to pull this man from his car.

                                                                                            Anyway I've seen quite a few accidents like this in L.A. over the years and part of me hopes that makes me more careful and less prone to being directly involved. Cars are really scary things.

                                                                            2. re: sandylc

                                                                              Well, I got salmonella as I've mentioned. Nothing changed.

                                                                            3. Of course I wash onions before cutting into them. They grow black mold under the skin. It has to come off. Mushrooms? They have dirt on them. Eggs? They have chicken shit on them. Papayas, mangos, bananas - they have crud and sticky stuff on them - wash 'em! Rice? Uh, yeah - I don't really like ants and weevils in cooked rice. Chicken and beef - well, in some places I lived, they came with dirt, sand, and pebbles, so yep, they all get washed.

                                                                              So, yeah. I wash lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of things.

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                                                                              1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                Your rice has ants and weevils in it? Wow.

                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                  Yes. Also, I live in a tropical country in Asia. It's common. They're in the bags from the store. We also sometimes get worms and other bugs in there, too.

                                                                                  1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                    Ah, thanks for elaborating. I know people in Hawaii have this problem.

                                                                                    1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                      I've bought rice here in the states that has hatched little whatchamacallits if given the time. They say freezing overnight eliminates this.

                                                                                      1. re: On_yun

                                                                                        Yeah, but freezers in Asia tend to not be large enough to fit 5 or 10 or 20kg bags of rice.

                                                                                  2. re: LMAshton

                                                                                    You eat onions with black mold under the skin. Excuse me but yuck

                                                                                    1. re: magiesmom

                                                                                      If there's mold on an onion then washing may get rid of superficial spores but it won't get rid of the problem. Those onions should not be eaten.

                                                                                      1. re: ferret

                                                                                        You're supposed to remove the layer(s) that have the spores on them, not just wash off the black part. I do it all the time. If I threw away every onion that developed some black under the skin, I'd be wasting a lot of food.

                                                                                        1. re: boogiebaby

                                                                                          I ate one lastnight that had mold on it. I'll let you guys know when I die (don't hold your breath).
                                                                                          That mold smelled like shit though, that was my real reason to get rid of it.

                                                                                        2. re: ferret

                                                                                          Then I would *never* be able to use onions. All the red onions - and, for that matter, shallots - here grow black mold under the skin.

                                                                                    2. Not a thing. Okay, potatoes. But other than that, not a thing.

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                                                                                      1. re: ferret

                                                                                        I rinse potatoes, leeks, cabbage & greens like kale, collards, etc. and fruits like apples, pears, grapes & cherries but other than that, I don't. Now, I have a garden so I'll rinse off veggies I pick from my garden because the garden is in low lying land and water accumulates resulting in mud frequently. If there is mold on a onion, it get's tossed, not cut and separated. All onions do not have mold, contrary to the rumor.

                                                                                      2. The only things I really wash are things from farm share- potatoes, lettuce, etc right out of the dirt. Oh and eggs. I "baby sit" a friends chickens and get them still warm from coop. I figure I don't need straw and the like in my scrambled eggs.

                                                                                        1. Given the time and opportunity, I wash most fruits and vegetables with water and a bit of dishwash liquid (or hand soap). Even bananas. I find this keeps the fruitfly population to a manageable level (removes surface eggs). Also, gets rid of aphids and such from the veggies.
                                                                                          W/ onions and garlic, I generally peel off the first outer layer before getting a knife into the rest. Or, wash the outside w/ soap and water.
                                                                                          At work, I do similarly, although the greens and herbs might not get a secondary wash. But we do get a lot of fruit from food recovery operations, and most items are handled by a number of people. So yeah, wash w/ soap and running water. Even strawberries.

                                                                                          1. I never wash onions unless we're talking tops like green onions or chives. Never washed bananas either but cucumbers always get washed with dish soap. I wash citrus the same way if I'm going to use the zest or use it in a drink.
                                                                                            I also wash store bought mushrooms like buttons or portabellas.

                                                                                            1. Just wondering how many none-washers will sample produce at grocery stores.

                                                                                              1. Wow. It would never occur to me to use dish soap on a vegetable. Seems that it would get into the pores of the vegetable and make me sicker than any dirt. I rinse a lot of fruits and vegetables, but no soap.

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                                                                                                1. re: gourmanda

                                                                                                  I wash melons, bananas, pineapples, and avocados with soap. Things that are harder to get clean and absolutely have a lot of peeling going on. I use Seventh Generation dish soap, if that makes a difference.

                                                                                                  I'm sure that there's soap residue on your dishes sometimes.

                                                                                                  1. re: gourmanda

                                                                                                    The soap doesn't penetrate.
                                                                                                    Never tasted it.

                                                                                                    1. re: gourmanda

                                                                                                      According to the University of California using dish soap is not recommended. Not that I care one way or the other, just putting it out there.

                                                                                                      In part: "Do not use antibacterial soaps or dish detergents to wash fruits and vegetables because ... residues can remain on the produce." It goes on to comment that the effectiveness of commercial washes is not known because they are not standardized.
                                                                                                      So, wash if you want; I'll just rinse (and use a brush if necessary) and we'll all be happy :)

                                                                                                      1. re: gourmanda

                                                                                                        I don't use antibacterial soap anyway. I really like Dawn odor eraser lime but it's discontinued, I bought a case before it disappeared. Seems like every time I find a dish soap I like it's discontinued. Anyway, since I only use it on stuff that has a good skin on it I'm not worried about residues.

                                                                                                    2. I pressure cook a lot of things, some at 15 PSI, definitely no point to worry about bacteria at that point. By weight, I probably put more vegetables in my pressure cooker than anywhere else, never can have enough stock.

                                                                                                      1. In our house we submerge all leafy greens including herbs in water several times, changing the water each time, then spin dry, roll them gently in paper towels, and into the fridge they go. Cucumbers, radishes, carrots, peppers, and the like are scrubbed w a brush just before using. Fragiles: mushrooms, tomatoes are hand washed under running water. We rinse all fruit but not bananas or pineapple. They grow on trees. Nor do we rinse peelable citrus fruit except lemons & limes. None of this is with soap of any kind. I read long ago this was not an accepted practice.

                                                                                                        It just makes sense to wash produce that have been touched by many hands, even if from our own garden, and we're organic.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Gio

                                                                                                          Regarding pineapple, see the fourth paragraph in the following link:


                                                                                                          Also, I had never thought about washing bananas before, either. But a few years back there was a lot of media coverage about the need to do so.

                                                                                                          I'm a "better safe than sorry" person when it comes to food poisoning. Because the "sorry" in involved with food poisoning is a big one!

                                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                                            I'm crazier than anyone here, but why do you wash bananas? Unless you were slicing through the skin, I don't see why you would bother if you just peel from the top and eat out of the peel. None of whatever's on the peel would be coming in contact with the flesh or your mouth..?

                                                                                                          2. re: Gio

                                                                                                            This is pretty much what we do, Gio. With the exception of rolling lettuce in thin cloth towels, then in a plastic grocery store type bag and into the produce drawer. Keeps for at least 10 days.

                                                                                                          3. i wash all the things you mentioned.
                                                                                                            wash every vegetable and fruit that has a skin.

                                                                                                            rinse everything else.

                                                                                                            1. I think I wash everything but bananas. I do wash onions and garlic cloves.
                                                                                                              Any skin or peel that will be sliced thru, transferring whatever is on the outside to the inside should be washed.
                                                                                                              I also rinse frozen fruit.