Fruit and veggie soak

Strawberries in fruit and veggie soak

Strawberries soaking in vinegar and therapeutic grade lemon essential oil

I do my very best to buy organic produce all the time. However, every now and then it doesn’t work out that way.

When I can’t get organic, or if I get suckered into a two-for-five dollars deal on conventional produce, I make sure to soak it to get as much pesticide and residue off as possible. It only takes  a couple of minutes and it’s super easy.

Place your fruits or veggies in a large bowl and fill with water then add some vinegar. The official measurement is three parts water to one part vinegar but honestly I just eyeball it.  I’m not overly concerned about the ratio.

Alternatively, I’ll fill the bowl with water and add 3 to 5 drops of therapeutic grade essential oils. I normally use lemon or OnGuard. I’m going to stress the word “therapeutic” grade here. If your bottle of essential oils says for topical or aromatic use only, I don’t recommend you use it on something you plan on eating. There’s probably stuff in there you shouldn’t be ingesting and then this whole exercise becomes counter-productive 🙂

Recently, I’ve even been mixing both methods – vinegar and essential oils.

If storing your washed fruits and vegetables, make sure you dry them completely. Pre-washing makes reaching for a healthy snack easy and convenient. I try to include this as part of my food prep routine on the weekend.

Hope this helps 🙂




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