• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • James Freyr
  • Jocelyn Campbell
stewards:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • paul wheaton
  • Burra Maluca
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Greg Martin
gardeners:
  • Jay Angler
  • Carla Burke
  • thomas rubino

how to sanitize fresh produce?

 
pollinator
Posts: 238
Location: Dolan Springs, AZ 86441
32
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
What is a good way to sanitize fresh produce?

Is there a different method recommended for washing produce like lettuce and something like apples and oranges or potatoes or bananas?
 
Posts: 51
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I would just put it in the sun, since light kills viruses.  It also would evaporate any chlorine that's possibly sprayed in the air in that store or in packaging.  It's also why I'm taking vitamin C, the sugar chewable ones, since they neutralise chlorine internally, and also sugar in the vitamin C tablet is a stabilising force that slows down the vitamin C a bit unlike powdered C.
 
pollinator
Posts: 833
Location: Denmark 57N
194
fungi foraging trees cooking food preservation
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
What is your goal by "sanitising" no amount of rinsing in water will wash all bacteria or viruses off it that is the goal. you can only wash off dirt which may also remove the majority of the nasties. you will need to use a sanitising agent (I believe sanidate is one used) if you wish to kill anything that may be on the produce.
 
Ted Butrell
Posts: 51
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've never heard of anybody getting salmonella from eating plants, but bagged lettuce.  However, they usually issue recalls when that happens.
 
pollinator
Posts: 401
Location: zone 4b, sandy, Continental D
93
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Mark Kissinger wrote:What is a good way to sanitize fresh produce?

Is there a different method recommended for washing produce like lettuce and something like apples and oranges or potatoes or bananas?



If you are worried about viruses on food, don't be: A virus needs a host [human or animal] to survive. the virus may be coughed or sneezed on produce, but it seems to be only when you touch the produce [in a moist droplet] then touch your face, mouth, nose etc that you could possibly get infected: It does not survive long on non host organisms.
https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/how-should-you-best-wash-produce-a-guide-to-home-food-safety-tips-amid-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
 
gardener
Posts: 2213
Location: Southern Illinois
376
transportation cat dog fungi trees building writing rocket stoves woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I don’t know that it is possible to *sanitize* produce.  But I suppose one could minimize contamination by thoroughly washing off the produce.  I don’t know how well sunlight would break down viruses.  Maybe if every possible surface was exposed thoroughly to sunlight, but it is something like broccoli, then there are always surfaces that will be shaded.

My 2 cents,

Eric
 
pollinator
Posts: 75
11
sheep
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
lettuce, sprouts, orange juice, spinach and others make more recall than meat for sick people.  I don't buy them because difficult to know if safe.  

Growing at home safer and easier
 
master steward & author
Posts: 18765
Location: Left Coast Canada
4862
books chicken cooking fiber arts sheep writing
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
The local media is suggesting a solution of 1 part bleach and 9 parts water.  Not sure I would want to use this on something I'm going to eat.

But it looks like the virus dies off most surfaces in 24 to 72 hours.  Even still, I'm sticking to food I can cook until the garden gets growing.
 
master steward
Posts: 2925
Location: USDA Zone 8a
789
dog hunting food preservation cooking bee greening the desert
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Washing vegetables with 2% of salt water will remove most of the contact pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface of the vegetables and fruits.

Using a solution that's three parts water and one part vinegar will be most effective at removing bacteria.
 
When I was younger I felt like a man trapped inside a woman's body. Then I was born. My twin is a tiny ad:
The USDA promoted wild native persimmons a century ago. Get the ebook:
https://permies.com/t/126158/ebooks/Native-Persimmon-downloadable-ebook-reprint
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!