Should I Wash My Farmers’ Market Produce Right When I Get Home?

June 14, 2016 | By | Comments (3)


In a word, nope. Washing produce immediately before storing it, whether the item needs to be at room temp or in the fridge, may seem like the smart route, but it actually causes the produce to spoil faster because dampness makes bacteria grow. Hold off until you’re ready to cut and use the produce before washing.

While we’re on the topic, an extra tip: don’t cut up produce until you’re ready to eat it. You may be tempted to break that big ol’ watermelon down into bite-sized cubes to chill in a bowl sealed tightly with plastic wrap for convenient access, but you’re doing the fruit no favors. Cutting produce ruptures its cells, causing it to deteriorate faster. (You’d perish more quickly too, if sliced repeatedly.) Stored whole, most produce will last roughly twice as long as it would chopped up.

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  1. Edward

    I always wash Strawberies in water with vinegar added to kill off any mold. This helps it last longer in the refrigerator.

    June 26, 2016 at 12:09 pm
  2. Rachel

    It may cause food to spoil faster but prepping fruits like strawberries and melon increases the chance I will grab a healthy snack. I only prep what I will eat in the next couple days but some foods are just fine for a few days …things like butter and leaf lettuce, whole washed radishes etc. I don’t prep tomatoes, basil, or iceburg (unless using my FoodSaver) though because they just can’t handle it.

    June 21, 2016 at 6:35 am
  3. Nancy

    Washing vegetable and fruits are the vital part of the cooking process and yes, wash them once you are preparing food for eating. Leafy vegetables need extra care while washing because of their delicate texture. After washing veggies and fruits you can zip lock them for restoring and it also keep your veggies fresh.

    June 21, 2016 at 12:27 am

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