You might be wondering if basic washing practise of fruit and vegetables has changed since the Coronavirus outbreak.

There are a lot of mixed messages out there in the media, some people suggest washing with soap, which has been known to cause nausea and gastrointestinal irritation, some suggest making a solution of water and vinegar and others a good old fashion scrub and thorough rinse with water.

Currently there are no special measures recommended by the NHS, so it can be confusing to know what to do. Whichever way you choose to clean your fresh ingredients, here are some basic washing practises of fruit and veg to make sure to follow:

Basic washing practices of fruit and veg

1.Wash your hands for 20-seconds with warm water and soap.
2. Check for any damage or bruising, and cut these away before preparing or eating.
3. Rinse produce before you peel it to ensure dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.
4. Gently rub produce while holding under running water.
5. Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce such as cucumbers, potatoes and apples.
6. Thoroughly dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel.
7. For lettuce and cabbage, remove the outermost leaves and discard.
8. Make sure to sanitise your workstation, knives, tools, and cutting board before you begin cooking.

Some reading references:

USA Today

Live Science


Cooking ideas for your isolation:

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