Cheap Trick: Wash Your Produce


I watched a couple of little kids climbing the apple bin at a grocery store once. Their little hands had touched everything from snotty noses to picking stuff off the floor. A few seconds later, an old man had picked through the same apples. Someone else waited patiently until it was his turn to fondle the fruits.

In the end, I decided not to get apples that day.

Much to Greg’s annoyance, I wash EVERYTHING, even if it’s from my garden. Granted no human hands, other than mine ever touch the produce from my garden, but you can’t stop bugs or birds from landing on them. Not to mention, my new enemy, the deer.


Greg thinks I’m being overly cautious, but I say better safe than sorry. I even wipe the tops of any can I open.

How about you?


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  1. I’m pretty finicky, and always wash my hands on coming home from anywhere ref trolleys and buses etc. I have to suspend my finicky tendencies in restaurants, which is hard because I know what goes on in kitchens. A new experience is the gym where you are exhorted to wipe down each piece of equipment you use

  2. I wash. No matter where I’ve been, the first thing I do when I come home is to wash my hands. Soap and hot water. I wash the fruit and veggies with a brush and water, some get soap as well. I’m especially careful about it because I rarely peel anything. So much of the nutrients and fiber are in the peel. True, my scrubbing may rub most of the peel off anyway, but for sure, it gets the dirt. Now, it doesn’t bother me to buy an apple I dropped on the floor at the store, or that I saw kids picking through. I’m going to wash the hell out of that thing anyway. Like you said, you have to assume your food’s been through the worst while you weren’t looking. So clean it. And remember that a few germs getting into our bodies help to keep our immune systems strong. Just don’t be careless about it.

  3. I wash. Faithfully. Well, most of the time. Usually. If I have time. And I think of it. Oh, hell, half the time I just rub the apple against the leg of my jeans (which are probably not too clean either) and go.

    At least I’m already too old to die young.

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