Picture this: You’re picking the perfect tomato. You pick it up, inspect it, and put it back, and repeat until you find the perfect one.
This process can unknowingly lead to the transfer of bacteria. For your safety always make sure to wash your produce thoroughly before you enjoy!
Here are our other tips for CLEAN eating of your fresh vegetables and fruits! (Information gathered from fda.gov)
- Always pick produce that is free of bruises or is damaged.
- If the produce is pre-cut, for example cut berries, watermelons or even bags of lettuce, make sure they are refrigerated or on ice both in the grocery store and at home.
- Before and after handling your fresh produce wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap.
- If your unwashed produce gets damaged or bruised cut away the affected areas before preparing or eating.
- To ensure that bacteria isn’t transferred to the insides of your produce, always wash produce before you cut or peel it.
- Hold your produce under running water and gently rub to clean.
- Use a vegetable brush to scrub away dirt from firmer produce like melons, potatoes and carrots.
- Always dry your washed produce with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- For lettuce, cabbage, onions or even garlic cloves, make sure to remove the outermost leaves or skin before use.
Looking for some clean, delicious greens! Look no further than Plenty!
Plenty brings you fruits and vegetables that taste like nothing available today. That’s because it’s harvested just minutes away in South San Francisco.
Plenty grows delicate varieties that are maxed out with flavor and grown in a way that’s better for both you and the planet. Plenty’s perfectly controlled indoor farm means they grow produce year-round without GMOs or pesticides, so their produce is clean and ready to eat as soon as you open a Plenty package.
By growing vertically, Plenty also uses 99% less land than traditional agriculture and 95% less water because it’s recycled on their farm. Here’s a recipe you can try with these cutting edge greens!
Plenty’s Shaved Candy Cane Beet and Rainbow Carrot Salad
What you will need:
- Half a 4.5 oz. container of Plenty Sweet Sunrise Blend
- 1 bunch baby candy cane beets, trimmed
- 1 bunch rainbow carrots, peeled and trimmed
- 1 c. orange juice
- ¼ c. lightly roasted and salted pistachios
- Place the orange juice in a large bowl.
- Using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline, shave the beets crosswise and as you do, add them to the bowl. Do the same with the carrots, shaving them lengthwise and adding them to the bowl with the orange juice. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and set aside while you make the dressing.
- Place all ingredients in a blender (high speed if you have one) and whir until smooth and emulsified, about one minute. Dressing will keep in the fridge for 3 days before losing its freshness.
- In a large salad bowl, mix the greens with the drained beets and carrots (save the juice to make our citrus salmon recipe!). Sprinkle with the pistachios and pass the dressing separately.
Japanese Carrot Ginger Dressing
- 1 c peeled and chunked carrots
- 1/3 c. canola oil
- 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- 4 Tbsp rice vinegar (I like brown rice vinegar for this one)
- 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup or palm sugar
- 1 Tbsp white or shiro miso
- 1 Tbsp grated ginger, from a 2” piece