All you need to do is to turn on the faucet and wash your fruits and rub them properly and wipe them before we finally eat them. But it’s not that simple as that as cleaning our daily fruits and veggies are much more complicated now and time consuming thanks to advanced pesticide and chemicals being dumped on them which does not go away completely by just a simple rinse anymore. So, what do we do? Here are 9 tricks to wash food correctly which we can educate ourselves as well out kids and students as well for better and safer eating habits.

1 Frozen fruits and veggies

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Among foods you wash incorrectly, usually frozen food items are washed rigorously with water before freezing them which reduces our stress of thawing them and again washing them before cooking. We can confidently open the packs and cook them directly but it should be in high flames. On the other hand, if you want your frozen food Al-dente you’ll have to wash them again thoroughly and cook them like regular food to get rid of any germs of bacteria.

2 Rice

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To know about how to wash foods correctly, no matter what type of exotic rice you are planning to cook it has to be washed several times properly. The reason behind is to remove the starch cover on the rice which causes the rice to clump up and look unappetizing. You can use the same logic on other starchy grains like corn, wheat grains unless the water runs clear and clean after washing them several times.

3 Mussels and oysters

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These are among foods you’ve been washing incorrectly always. If you buy sea products like mussels and oysters from supermarkets in frozen form, be prepared to wash them thoroughly before you begin to cook them. These products are usually full of sand and grits of the oceans and as far as we believe no one would like to eat mussels with sands as the seasoning in them. So, wash them patiently and diligently.

4 Milk and dairy products

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It might sound weird at first but we must wash the cartons and packages of yogurt, cream or milk once we get then from the supermarket before actually opening them. The reason is very logical, before you actually bought the carton hundreds of other customers have seen, picked up the package physically to check the details and put them back in the shelves with their bacteria and germs of their hands and fingers. And if you open the cartons before washing them these bacteria can easily get in the milk and milk products making it harmful for consumptions.

5 Fish

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There are some who know how to wash foods correctly but fish is not one of them.This may seem counterintuitive but it’s the truth, you must not wash raw fish unless you are actually going to eat the raw fish. Otherwise, washing raw fish is going to spread the germs and bacteria all around your kitchen and equipment’s like your knives etc. When you actually cook the fish in high temperatures all the Virus and bacteria perish automatically. But do not forget to wash the knives, cutting boards and your hands after you have scaled and gutted the fish.

6 Cabbage

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Cabbage and cauliflower, no matter what kind, has to be washed properly in all its nooks and separate pieces. When cooking the red or white cabbage it’s always wiser to remove the first 2 layers of the vegetable as they have a high concentration of pesticides, germs and virus. The best way to clean cauliflowers and cabbages is to soak it in water mixed with vinegar for a few minutes and then rinse it afterwards with fresh water.

7 Canned beverages

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This is surprising among foods you’ve been washing incorrectly. Canned drinks can be a life saver especially if you are travelling in summer or in a hot climate and have no guarantee of getting fresh potable water. Cans keep the beverages cool as well as tastier. But before gulping the soda down just wash the mouth of the can because they collect a lot of dust and dirt due to transit from one place to another. Best is to always pour them in a clean glass and then drink it.

8 Lettuce

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Crunchy green lettuce is not only healthy but also very appetising in salads or dinner accompaniment. Do not forget to rinse the lettuce before you put it in your sandwich or burger. Also, if possible, leave the lettuce leaves in cold water after washing them to keep their vibrant colours and crunch. You can just lightly rub then in a clean kitchen towel before adding in salads or dips as well.

9 Apples

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Apples are considered one of the heathiest fruits to consume only if it’s not been treated with preservatives and pesticides. To know how to wash foods correctly like apples, that means if you want to bite into your apple you have to wash them properly or soak the fruits in water mixed with baking soda for 12 minutes, now the apples would be free from its 99.9% chemicals cover on it and ready for you to bite on.