Vinegar Wash for Produce

After our discussion on vinegar wash for fruits and veggies last week, I was curious to test the effectiveness of the wash.

Would my produce taste like vinegar?  Would it stay crisp longer?  I just had to find out!  So, after my Sprouts trip last Tuesday, I prepared a produce bath in my kitchen sink.

I filled my sink up about 1/3 of the way with cool water, and added 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt.  I used this recipe as a guideline.  The winners of the lucky produce spa package were: organic romaine and red leaf lettuce, organic strawberries, organic blueberries, and red grapes.  They were were all very excited to be chosen!

Produce Wash 1

I allowed the produce to enjoy their soak for about 30 minutes.  I then set the produce on a couple of clean towels on the counter.  After the soak, my sink looked like this:


See all those spots and flakes?  Grody to the max!  Needless to say, the wash removed a lot of grossness that we would have otherwise eaten.

And here’s a picture of my beautiful produce after its time at the spa:

Produce Wash 3

The white film that’s normally found on grapes – gone!  The lettuce was fresh and crisp.

How long did the produce last?  The grapes were left on the counter, and lasted about three days, which is normal for our house.  They started getting wrinkly on day four.

The strawberries were still fresh when I used them three days later.  And no vinegar or salty taste whatsoever!

The blueberries were still firm and delicious six days after the wash.

The romaine lettuce was used three days after the soak, and the red lettuce was used four days later.  Both heads of lettuce were crisp.  Bonus for the lettuce – because I washed it beforehand, all I had to do was chop it up.  No salad spinner necessary!

The final report:  I will definitely use the wash for all produce from now on.  It cleaned my fruits and veggies beautifully, and helped them stay fresh longer.

I’m curious if anyone else has tried a vinegar wash.  If so, what were your results?  Do you think it made a difference in your produce?


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Comments: 8

  1. Sharon July 8, 2014 at 10:47 AM Reply

    Interesting idea, but I especially loved your phrase,”grody to the max!” I hadn’t heard that since my college days.

    • Christi July 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM Reply

      There’s still a little Valley Girl in all of us, Sharon! LOL

  2. Jennifer July 8, 2014 at 6:45 AM Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve always been curious about the veggie washes. Now I’m inspired 🙂

    • Christi July 8, 2014 at 6:52 AM Reply

      I was pleasantly surprised, Jen! My lettuce stayed crisp for days, and I do think the blueberries and grapes stayed fresh longer.

  3. Kathy June 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM Reply

    I tried the vinegar wash on a head of lettuce. Don’t do it! It actually made the leaves wilt and turn brown. Best to use plain water. I dry the leaves, wrap them in paper towels and put them in zip lock storage bags (push all the air out). My lettuce has lasted 2 weeks.

    • Christi July 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM Reply

      Great tip Kathy, thanks! The vinegar worked ok on my lettuce. I wonder if the type of lettuce makes a difference.

  4. Robyn Mitchell June 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM Reply

    I have used the wash several times and love it. I find my produce to last a lot longer and it feels so fresh. I also added a couple of drops of doTERRA Lemon essential oil to the spa water. Great results every time;)

    • Christi June 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM Reply

      I will have to add a little doTERRA lemon oil as well – what a great tip! doTERRA is the best.

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