Not Just Tofu

The Dirty Dozen

In Food, Uncategorized on July 15, 2014 at 4:59 pm

How often have you heard that eating healthy is expensive? It can be especially if you want to eat organic. Before you spend your whole check on organic produce, read on to find out what to buy organic, how to prep what you buy and clean all your produce.

Farming involves a lot more science than in the past. With chemicals being included in the fertilizers and pesticides, some fruits and vegetables are more susceptible to absorbing them into their flesh; these fruits and veggies are called the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen are suggested to buy organic by farmers, doctors and dieticians.

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Grapes
  4. Cherries
  5. Lettuce
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Pears
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet bell pepper

So now that you saved a few bucks don’t waste your savings by throwing them a way. It doesn’t really make sense to use your whole pay check to buy what you may never cook.  It makes more sense to spend the money on what you can use quickly, eat instantly, or last long like potatoes.  If you can’t use up all the produce, freeze it. I buy bell peppers but sometimes I can’t always use them up before it they go bad. So I cut them into strips or dice them up, put them in a good quality freezer bag so that I always have them on hand. Hard leafy greens such as kale, collard greens, mustard greens and turnip greens can be frozen raw; wash, dry, cut and store in a good quality freezer bags. For everything organic or not organic, wash with a fruit and vegetable wash. Of course you  can buy one but you can also make one for a few pennies. A simple wash to remove pesticides is simple as a soak of warm water and sea salt. Use one tspn of sea salt for every cup of water and let them soak for a few minutes.  You can also use a mixture of water, baking soda and lemon juice that you can store in a spray bottle. Dont worry, it wont change the way they taste. With berries, if you are not going to eat them right away or freeze them, wait to wash them until you are going to eat them because they will spoil due to the moisture.

Fruit and Vegetable Wash

1 cup of water 1 cup of vinegar Juice of 1/2 lemon Shop wisely,  prep mindfully, cook deliciously and eat well.

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