Release time：2023-10-12 Number of views: 32
Every food service professional must understand the importance of cleaning fresh produce and establishing restaurant cleaning procedures. According to the FDA, the coronavirus is not transmitted by eating contaminated food. However, you can protect your customers and employees using the same food safety measures you use to prevent foodborne illnesses like norovirus. This includes thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables to remove contamination from pesticides, waxes and pathogens. Use food safe fly control products.
When washing produce, remember that you should take multiple precautions. Before you start, keep these tips in mind to make the process easier:
Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more
Designate and disinfect cleaning stations for agricultural products
Immediately remove products from bags and boxes
Discard all bags and containers
Do not use hand sanitizer, bleach or alcohol on produce
Soaking and spraying are two common methods of cleaning produce. Use the soaking method to clean softer produce or leafy greens, and use a spray solution to clean vegetables with hard skins. Below, we outline these two ways to clean fruits and vegetables so that you can provide your customers with safe, fresh food.
How to use soaking method to clean agricultural products
The soaking method is ideal for cleaning tightly packed fruits (like berries) and vegetables with gaps (like broccoli). Soaking not only removes harmful bacteria or chemicals, but also restores its flavor and extends its shelf life. If you buy local organic fruits and vegetables that do not contain chemicals or harmful preservatives, you can rinse the product using warm water.
To use this method properly, you need the following:
Stainless steel sink
Food storage bin
Vegetable wash or distilled vinegar
Follow these steps to wash fruits and vegetables by soaking:
While effective, you can only use the soaking method for certain fruits and vegetables. Learn which fruits and vegetables you should use the following soaking methods:
How do I spray my fruits and vegetables
Use sprays or scrubs to remove dirt and pesticides from firmer produce such as eggplants, potatoes or cucumbers. This method is also ideal for large, smooth fruits and vegetables with no gaps or cracks. To use the spray method to clean fruits and vegetables, you will need the following:
Vegetable preparation brush (optional)
To effectively clean fruits and vegetables using the spray method, be sure to follow these steps:
You can only use the spray method on certain types of products. This method is best for the following types of fruits and vegetables:
Adding vinegar to your fruit and vegetable cleaning can help remove excess bacteria. Washing with water alone can remove 98 percent of bacteria on fruits and vegetables, but adding vinegar does not affect the cleaning process. Washing fruits and vegetables with vinegar can extend the shelf life of products.
If you choose to use vinegar instead of water, we recommend using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. You can follow the above steps to use the vinegar soaking method and spray method.
Washing fruits and vegetables is an important part of food safety because it can help prevent cross-contamination while removing pesticides or chemicals from produce. Checking and washing vegetables before adding service can help you avoid foodborne illness outbreaks caused by contaminated produce. In addition, chemicals used in pesticides may irritate guests with gastrointestinal sensitivities or allergies.