I LOVE this 'recipe' I could not believe the bugs that came off my dill heads! Since then I have used this method for all my fruits and veg's. I grew red leaf lettuce in our garden, and normally it would limp-soaking in this solution it is crisp. A keeper recipe, saved for my favorites.
As y'all probably know, down here in the South it would be heresy not to eat blackeyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck. And who ever heard of serving them without greens and cornbread? As much as I love turnip greens, though, I've just always dreaded cooking them. I soak them in 4 or 5 changes of water -- which takes forever -- for fear that there's still some of that fine grit clinging to them. And more than once, despite my best efforts at cleaning, a tiny little critter has floated to the top of the pot as they cooked. Kinda takes your appetite away... But today I was ready with this magical soaking solution. Sure enough -- when I drained the water, there was a lot of silt in the bottom of the sink, as well as several creepy-crawlies. I repeated the soaking method for about 10 minutes just to be safe. Nothing in the sink that time but beautifully clean greens! This is just a gem of a 'recipe', and I'm so grateful to you for sharing. Can't wait to try the spray. Happy 2009, Kitten, and thanks for all your wonderful contributions to this website!
I used the soak recipe to prepare a collection of vegetables for a green salad. What a difference as I could actually see some tiny silt leftover from a conventional rinse left at the bottom of the bowl. Have since used this many times and finds it works especially well with leafy greens and delicate fruits which would suffer in a more aggressive cleaning. Thanks Kit.
Amazing. Did all my produce with this and could not believe what came off on the bottom of my sink. Love that it is all natural. A good tip is to put berries or herbs in a strainer before putting in sink it makes for easy removal see the pic I posted. Thanks Kittencal another great one!
I love the soak. I have not tried the spray. I find the soak makes parsley for example last way longer and boy does it get it cleaner than if you were just to rinse before using. I found it also takes some wax off produce. I'd like to use this often.
I used the spray method to clean some lemons for the lemonade I made for the 4th. It worked great. The lemons went from a dull to bright yellow. Thanks Kittencal. Bullwinkle
I just used the soak method, in a bowl. It's amazing how much ick comes off vegetables that seem to be clean! My lettuce crisped up while soaking, too! A definite keeper. Thanks, Kit!
OUTSTANDING!! I just washed some red grapes using the soak method. They taste clean and crisp! Thanks so much for sharing! Made for I Recommend Tag Game.
This is just what I've been looking for, something CHEMICAL-free, thank you!!!!
What a wonderful idea Kitten, thanks for sharing this hint with all of us :) I used the soak and added the ingredients to a sink full of cucumbers for making pickles, and it really worked for getting extra silt off of it, i could see the difference in the water as soon as I added everything. I will absolutely be using this again :)