Do you wash it?

My husband asked me last night why I wash every piece of produce including things like oranges, cantelope and watermelon. He said, "You remove the skin so why wash it?"

I tried to explain to him about pesticides and food grade waxes and that sort of thing, but he just rolled his eyes.

I don't buy all organic produce, because with two children that eat 3 to 5 pieces of fruit each, each day, it gets really expensive. Not to mention my own 3-5 pieces along with the fresh veggies my hubby and I eat, a little over half our weekly grocery bill goes to the produce section of the store.

So I just wondered, do you wash all of your produce, including stuff you take the skin from, or just the stuff you eat with out peeling?

Lessa 17 years ago
I dont wash things like bananas or oranges.. most of our citrus we get ( when its in season) from my mother's yard though, since she has lemon, orange, tangerine and lime trees, as well as peaches and plums, figs and some veggies, so those I would only wash to get bird germs off em ( ugh)

Roots I wash to get dirt off them, and fruits I dont peel, like grapes and apples and things ill rinse off before serving.
Jetamio 17 years ago
I'm a thug, I eat it as it comes

But then I grew up in the fields as we had horses and we used to eat it all right from the tree. Apples, raspberries, brambles, you name it, we ate it.

Honestly, by todays standards of food cleanliness to be healthy, me and my bro and sis should be riddled with illnesses lol. But none of us even got an upset stomach unless we ate the cooking apples...
Den 17 years ago
Lessa;82852
I dont wash things like bananas or oranges.. most of our citrus we get ( when its in season) from my mother's yard though, since she has lemon, orange, tangerine and lime trees, as well as peaches and plums, figs and some veggies, so those I would only wash to get bird germs off em ( ugh)

Roots I wash to get dirt off them, and fruits I dont peel, like grapes and apples and things ill rinse off before serving.


I'm with Lessa -- I only wash things I'm going to eat. if I peel it, I don't wash it...unless its potatos, cause peeling them just makes the dirt spread all over :P
Sarah 17 years ago
You all do realize that there are pesticides on the things you peel too. And it gets on your hands while you peel it. Which is why I wash everything. Well except bananas, that would just be odd. hehe
Den 17 years ago
Well Sarah -- all I can say is I never get sick, so whatever I've been doing for the past *mmphf* years is working lol
Lessa 17 years ago
hehe yeah, what she said
Calimaryn 17 years ago
I wash everything except bananas too Sarah! Buying organic is difficult and expensive. Often the stores I shop at have a tiny selection of organics in a far corner of the produce spread. It is like they are trying to make it as hard as possible some times.

I did find this great list thanks to a post at VegWeb regarding what organics you should definitely buy and what you can skate on.
Trakhina 17 years ago
I also wash everything.
Sarah 17 years ago
I'd read that about the dirty dozen before and so I do buy the organic apples, strawberries, and raspberries, but only because those are not that much more expensive than their non organic counterparts. At least here anyway. Though organic grapes, nectarines, peaches and pears are over a dollar a pound more, so those I actually use a mild soap when washing them.
Tor 17 years ago
I am very diligent and use great care while washing my banana. Cherries, too.

I wash pretty much all of the fruits and vegetables that I get, whether they get skinned or not. Organic or not. Whether it is pesticides or dirt or just the grubby hand funk of other shoppers, I don't want it in my belly.
Den 17 years ago
Cherries? ...plums too...?
Tor 17 years ago
"They say posh people talk as if they've a plum in their mouth. Does your missus sound Posh when she's got your plums in her mouth?" - Ali G to Beckham
Sarah 17 years ago
I am so glad I swallowed that mouth full of coffee before I read what you had to say J.
Tor 17 years ago
Adiene 17 years ago
dude, I wash everything =X I'm paranoid.. man, the bad guys are out to fucking get me and shit! Who the hell knows who sneezed over my food as they were reaching for their own, whos kids wiped a damn boogie on stuff while their mom wasn't looking .. need I go on? LOL
LillianaSapphire 16 years ago
I wash lettuces anything thats been near dirt......
Oh also cherries and grapes i wash sometimes, and stuff like cranberries and gooseberries... You dunno what weird bugs can get caught up in there.
DigitalKisses 16 years ago
I don't wash things that I have to peel (banana's etc.) but I do wash everything else (including potatoes) if i take the skin off i feel i don't need to wash it and i never get sick from it either
Onimi 16 years ago
ugh..thx for that Adi....but yeah i wash MOST if not all of my produce products, working in a supermarket i know what really goes on...cough cough. lol