From a very early age we are taught that before we eat something, we must first wash it. It has become a habit and we don't even think about it
We run the water, rinse the product and then cook and consume it. However, it turns out that even though we've been doing things this simple way all our lives, there are some subtleties that it's good to know.
For example, certain products are washed in a different way than what we are used to. We need to know these details to make sure we take proper care of our hygiene and he alth.
We suggest you familiarize yourself with a few popular food products that we usually clean the wrong way.
Frozen fruits and vegetables
There is no doubt that these foods make our lives easier. We just put them in the pot, cook them and we're done. But although the practice is to wash the vegetables in water before they are frozen, we cannot be sure that this is 100% true. Also, if you're going to cook them at a very high temperature, this won't be a problem, but if you like them al dente, you should treat them like fresh vegetables - wash them well to remove dirt and bacteria that can survive -low cooking temperatures.
Every good housewife knows that rice must be washed before doing anything with it. However, most limit themselves to one rinse. However, it should be washed at least 3-4 times before cooking (especially long-grain rice). The main danger lies in the starch on the rice. It is because of it that the rice sticks together during cooking. It is also recommended to rinse other grains such as corn and wheat.
Clams and Oysters
All seafood with shells should be washed very thoroughly, even if bought frozen, as they can be full of sand and other debris.
Milk and milk products
You can hardly imagine that milk can be washed. This is about the court in which it is held. It is recommended to wash the package before opening. Hundreds of customers touch the package, pick it up to read the label, return it, etc. Once we open the bottle, the bacteria on the packaging can easily enter the milk itself.
Unless you will be consuming raw fish, you do not need to wash it. The high cooking temperature will kill all bacteria. If you rinse the raw fish, you will spread the bacteria around your kitchen more easily. Note that after cutting the fish, you should thoroughly wash your hands, the cutting board and the knife used.
It may sound strange to you, but whatever type of cabbage it is, it must be washed well. It is important to note that if you are going to cook cauliflower, you must divide it into florets and clean each one. If you are going to cook red or white cabbage, you should remove the top 2-3 leaves. To get rid of hidden bugs and bacteria, place the cabbage in the sink, fill it with water, add a little vinegar and leave the cabbage for a few minutes. Then rinse the vegetable with clean water.
The drinks in a can
Though we all just open the jug and drink from it, it is not hygienic. If you're not going to wash it, at least wipe it dry before opening it. These drinks usually travel in dusty trucks and many people in the store touch them.
The best way to clean lettuce is to wash each leaf individually and even soak them in cold water for a few minutes. Then rinse it under cold water. Finally, place it on a clean kitchen paper to drain.
There is no doubt that fresh fruits that have not been treated with chemicals are the most beneficial. But you should always wash the apples before consumption. Especially in winter you have to be more diligent. Studies show that if you soak the fruit in water with a little baking soda for 12 minutes, most of the chemicals will be washed away.