How to Wash an Avocado

You come home from the supermarket, put the perishables in the refrigerator, the dry goods in the pantry, and wash the fruit and vegetables right away but not all of them.

Most people would think there’s no need to wash oranges, bananas, or avocados, since we don’t eat the peel, right?

Unfortunately, germs spread easily, even onto fruit peels. We’ve probably all been to the grocery store and gave a produce item a nice squeeze before selecting it. When many people touch fruit without buying it, the fruit can easily become covered in germs from dirty hands. And when we slice and dice our fruit, these germs can sometimes transfer from the peel, to the knife, to the fruit, to our stomachs, and we may end up with a tummy ache or worse. Therefore, we need to wash all our produce to ensure we are getting the most out of our favorite fruits and vegetables.

Steps for washing avocados

  1. Wash your hands. Remember what Mom always said? Wash your hands! This is especially important both before and after handling food.
  2. Wash your cutting board. Wash the cutting board and utensils with hot water and dish soap before preparing the avocado. Even better, keep separate cutting boards for raw meats and for fruit and vegetables. This step is crucial to ensure you aren’t transferring contaminants from other food that was on your cutting board onto your freshly rinsed avocado.
  3. Rinse your avocado. Start by running some cool or lukewarm water in your kitchen sink. There’s no need to use any kind of soap, dish liquid, or commercial produce wash. Clean water is enough. Rub the avocado gently with your hands to remove unwanted dirt and bacteria or use a vegetable brush to scrub the irregular rind to get to all the nooks and crannies.
  4. Dry the avocado. Once your avocado is rinsed thoroughly, you can dry with a clean sheet of paper towel. Moisture is a condition in which bacteria can grow easily in, so it’s important to not let your avocados sit with moisture on them too long. Once your avocado is dried off, you are ready to place your clean avocado on your freshly sterilized cutting board and start to cut, slice and dice for your favorite guacamole recipe or meal!

OTHER FOOD PREPARATION TIPS

  • Choose the freshest produce you can find

    Make sure your avocado isn’t bruised or damaged because bacteria thrive in brown spots or bruises. If avocados play a starring role on your shopping list, this handy video on choosing a good avocado will help you choose the best Avocados From Mexico: firm, fresh, and delicious, ripe when they yield to gentle pressure.

  • Keep your cutting boards clean

    If you’re planning to prepare raw meat, poultry, or fish, wash the cutting board and utensils with hot water and dish soap before preparing the raw vegetables for a fresh salad or delicious guacamole. Even better, keep separate cutting boards for raw meats and for fruit and vegetables.

  • Store food properly

    Be aware that inadequate storage may help spread germs. Make sure you keep uncooked meat, chicken, or fish covered and separate from fruit and vegetables that you eat raw. Doing this will avoid cross-contamination in your kitchen. You can also store already-ripe avocados by putting them in fridge. This will ensure they stay good for up to a week. You can watch this video on how to store avocados to learn more.

Common Avocado Questions

ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO WASH AVOCADOS?

Yes, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration recommends washing all types of produce before preparing and eating.

DO I NEED A VEGETABLE BRUSH TO CLEAN AVOCADOS?

No, thoroughly rubbing your avocado by hand under clean water is enough. There’s also no need to use any kind of soap, dish liquid, or commercial produce wash to thoroughly clean your avocado.

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