What’s the Best Way to Clean Fresh Vegetables?

Up until a few months ago, I would clean fresh fruits and vegetables by giving them a cursory quick rinse under a splash of water. But with the E. coli lettuce scare this summer and other recent food-safety incidents, I’m wondering if I should be doing more… a lot more… and I’m not alone.

Fortunately the folks at NPR news have not only thought about this issue, but have sought out someone from Cook’s Illustrated magazine to test out various cleaning methods. It looks at choices including a vinegar-and-water solution, brushing, a plain-water wash, and those fancy (and expensive) commercial vegetable wash solutions.

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