Do you think that the cause of poisoning lies only in spoiled products? But no: often you can get poisoned due to non-compliance with hygiene rules. Indeed, in addition to dirt and dust, bacteria can accumulate on products. Of course, washing vegetables and fruits under water helps to get rid of these problems. But sometimes this simple manipulation is not enough to completely rid the food of chemicals and microbes. There are several products on this list that require a different approach.
Greens are dangerous because nematodes accumulate in large quantities on it. These organisms can cause irreparable damage to the body. And first of all, it will affect the stomach. In addition, nematodes that accumulate in greenery can provoke diseases of the respiratory system, nervous system, and even lead to muscle and joint pain.
As a rule, dirt and harmful microorganisms accumulate between the leaves of the greenery, so one rinse will not be enough. It will be much easier to get rid of bacteria by placing the herbs in a large container of cool water and leaving them there for 15 minutes. For the best effect, the procedure must be repeated. So all the dirt and parasites are guaranteed to settle to the bottom, and you will be sure that the greens will not harm your health.
Many people are used to rinsing potatoes, carrots, beets and other tuberous vegetables under running water. Some even frankly neglect the preliminary washing of the product, preferring to first clean it, and only then rinse it under water. But it is not enough just to rinse root vegetables with water, because they may contain E. coli. These vegetables need to be washed in a slightly different way. First, they must be cleaned of the remnants of the earth, for which the vegetables need to be poured with warm water and allowed to stand for a while. Once the dirt settles to the bottom, brush off any remaining dirt from the vegetables. And after that, the vegetables must be rinsed again first with warm and then running water.
Almost all culinary experts know that the white part is the most valuable in this product. And since this delicate part grows underground, it must be cleaned with extreme care. To do this, you need to cut off the top and roots of leeks, and then cut it lengthwise into two parts and send it to soak in a container with warm water. All sand and dirt in the product mainly accumulates between the leaves, so they should be washed until the sediment completely disappears at the bottom.
Many people believe that E. coli cannot be on mushrooms. On the one hand, this is so. But only if they were collected independently. But if they were bought on the market, it is possible that they could lie next to those products that were contaminated with it. Of course, you can act at your own peril and risk and just rinse the mushrooms under water. But if you do not want to get an unpleasant sediment in the form of painful sensations in the abdomen, then it is better to immerse the mushrooms in a salt solution for 2 minutes before washing. Then the mushrooms will need to be placed in a colander and rinsed several times under cold water.
When working with hot peppers, gloves are never superfluous. And all because even when washing the pepper, it releases the oily substance capsaicin. It is he who gives that very pungency to the pepper. Capsaicin can cause burns on skin or mucous membranes. The use of gloves helps to reduce the risk of such an event. Gloves must be worn until the pepper gets under a stream of cold water and is rubbed with a brush.
Cauliflower and broccoli
Cauliflower and broccoli are very popular vegetables that are used by all housewives to prepare various culinary delights. And such vegetables are valued for their head, which is mainly used in cooking. But between the grooves of cabbage inflorescences, a lot of microbes and dirt usually accumulate. It is, of course, impossible to get rid of them using a conventional underwater sink. To wash them off, the vegetables must initially be divided into inflorescences and sent to soak in a bowl of cold water. Leave the cabbage buds there for a couple of minutes, and then remove them from the bowl and rinse under running cold water.
Each housewife should have a separate brush for washing imported fruits. Such products are always treated with special wax and paraffins, as well as chemical compounds for better storage. For example, the same biphenyl, which can cause allergies, nausea and vomiting, irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes and the respiratory tract. So the fruit must be thoroughly washed with a brush, but not with plain water, but preferably with soapy water. Simply mix the soap and warm water in a bowl and place the fruit in it. Rub them thoroughly with a brush for at least three minutes, and you are guaranteed to clean them of wax, paraffins and other chemicals.
Think you don’t need to wash dried fruits? Don’t jump to conclusions. Dried fruits bought on the market and in stores must be washed. Moreover, first they must be rinsed under cold water, and then be sure to pour over with boiling water. Why do this? The thing is that manufacturers often add preservatives to dried fruits. It is they that allow dried fruits to maintain their appetizing appearance and greatly increase their shelf life.