If you plan to eat your fruits and vegetables raw or use them for juicing, it is important to give them a good clean to help rid them of poisonous sprays, heavy metals, and microorganisms. Produce often has molds, fungi and parasites on it so a good soak with Branch Basics and Grapefruit Seed Extract can help you avoid that.
The best way to soak your produce is to first separate everything into the following categories:
• Leafy vegetables (lettuces, sprouts, greens, etc.)
• Ground vegetables (squash, green beans, peppers, tomatoes, etc.
• Roots and tubers (carrots, turnips, parsnips, potatoes, etc.)
Next, rinse everything individually until the water runs clear, free of dirt and grit.
Then, spray rinsed vegetables and fruit with a 5:1 solution of Branch Basics (5 parts water to 1 part Branch Basics concentrate solution if using concentrate), Branch Basics Fruit and Vegetable Wash, or Branch Basics ready-to-use all-purpose cleaner.
Let sit a few minutes. This will help break down any pesticide residues if using non-organic produce and will kill mold, bacteria, viruses and parasites as well.
Fill sink with water. If you don’t have a large enough sink with a stopper then we’ve found that a refrigerator drawer works well or just a large bowl.
Add 15 – 20 drops of Nutribiotics Grapefruit Seed Extract. Nutribiotics Grapefruit Seed Extract (available in health food stores) will kill molds, bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
Add leafy vegetables and soak for 10 minutes. Spray any vegetables that are not totally submerged in the water with the 5-1 solution of Branch Basics.
Do not cut or tear vegetables as this can result in a loss of vitamins during the soak.
Remove vegetables and place in colander to drain. If possible, place appropriate vegetables in salad spinner to spin off excess water.
As you can see in the picture above, we sometimes take the quick and convenient route and throw everything in together after rinsing. Don’t make this too hard on yourself. Do the procedure that best fits your needs and schedule…soaking them all together is better than not soaking at all! Try to soak everything as soon as you get home from the grocery store to make it easier on yourself when you’re ready to use the produce.
Enjoy your super clean produce and watch them stay fresher longer!