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