This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Veggie Wash in conjunction with #AppleWeek
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As we prep for online blogger events, often event sponsors with send us samples or items to use in our posts. When items began rolling in for #AppleWeek, I received a sample bottle of Natural Veggie Wash by Beaumont Products.
Before I get to my thoughts on the product, I'm going to climb on my soapbox for just a moment.
My Produce Soapbox
In a perfect world, we’d all have the food budget to buy only organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised meats and purchase only organic, locally-grown, and in-season produce. It makes a difference to our bodies and our planet.
The reality is that it's not always feasible to do so. So, I prioritize and always get organic options of 'the Dirty Dozen;' I sweat the 'Clean 15' less.
I have the printed Dirty Dozen list from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on my fridge, but here's the scoop. EWG singles out produce with the highest levels of pesticide residues. Each of these foods test positive for multiple pesticide residues and contain higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce. Pears and potatoes are new additions, displacing cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from 2016's list. The Clean 15 indicate produce least likely to be contaminated by pesticides.
EWG’s Dirty Dozen, version 2017
- Sweet Bell Peppers
EWG’s Clean 15, version 2015
- Sweet Corn
- Frozen Sweet Peas
However, organic or not, if it didn't come from the garden of a trusted family friend or trusted local farmer, I make sure to carefully wash all produce that we eat. And, even if it does come from the garden of a trusted grower, I make sure to, at least, rinse the produce.
Produce washes are purported to help remove pesticides, wax, dirt, and other residues from your fruits or vegetables. Generally, you spray on the wash, soak or scrub depending on the brand, and rinse. I'm not new to using veggie washes, but I do not think I've ever used this particular brand.
Veggie Wash Ingredients
Water, cleaners made from corn, palm and coconut, citrus oil, sodium citrate (a derivative of citrus fruit), glycerin (from coconut oil) and grapefruit seed extract
Veggie Wash Directions
You can spray the fruit with Veggie Wash, rub for 20 seconds, and rinse thoroughly. Or you can dilute (2 ounces) Veggie Wash in large bowl or half sink full of water, soak and swish for 30 seconds, and rinse thoroughly.
I washed 15 pound of apples, zucchini and summer squash, carrots, plums, spinach, and chard using the directions above. I found it easy to use and effective. The spray bottle allows you to be judicious with the liquid.
Is veggie wash necessary? No, I don't think so. Can you simply just rinse with water or a vinegar and water mix? Certainly. But, when I've used white vinegar to wash my produce, my family sometimes complains that they can smell the vinegar. With this product, all they can smell is citrus.
I think that produce washes give some people peace of mind. And, if that's you, I would recommend you try this. I, myself, will be hunting down a bottle of their organic veggie wash to try it out!
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