Real Life, Good Food

How to clean fruits & vegetables


Follow these steps to ensure fruits and vegetables are clean and ready to eat.


Step 1

Wash hands thoroughly.

Step 2

Wash, rinse, sanitize and air-dry cutting boards, knives, sinks and other equipment or utensils that will touch produce.

Step 3

Rinse fresh produce vigorously under cold, running water.

Step 4

Scrub the surface of firm vegetables using a clean and sanitized brush designated for this purpose.

Step 5

Label, date and refrigerate fresh-cut items.



Additional tips


  • Wash both unpeeled and peeled varieties. Even if you plan to peel your produce, you should wash it. Bacteria on unwashed peelings can transfer to parts of the produce you eat.

  • Use a brush for hard vegetables like carrots.

  • For softer vegetables you can just rub them with your hand under running water.For leafy greens such as kale, rinse the leaves under running water and then pat dry with a paper towel or use a salad spinner.


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