Good question. Experts can make up their minds.
Here’s what one university claims after conducting a study. Read here.https://bit.ly/2lfBtYR
Apparently, it’s the cooking process that saves our butts from getting sick from most food-borne bacteria. But much of the produce we consume is in its raw form; like lettuce (remember the romaine scare) other leafy greens, carrots, celery and fruits.
We covered the largest E. coli outbreak in a decade, and the Salmonella scares recently here in my blogs. Scroll down on the BLOGS menu to read.
Now that summer’s here, we’ll be eating an abundance of local produce direct from farms (if you’re lucky enough to be near) and we all need to be on alert about foods we eat.
We should be conscious of our hand-hygiene when cleaning, then eating the things we require for ourexistence.
Being from a state known for its incredible crops like tomatoes, corn, and blueberries (hence the Garden State – no Jersey jokes please) I can attest that there’s nothing better than a summer meal that includes local fresh veggies and fruit.
Not every phenomenal food from the farm requires cooking. You have no business cooking a watermelon. Ask the strange comedian Gallagher who seemed to have a fetish for ending his act by smashing a watermelon to bits. It he cooked it, the show falls apart, right? Come to think of it, has anyone seen him of late; other than starring in a GEICO commercial six years ago?
Rinsing the outside skin on the melon is actually a good thing. It sits in a field – and mixed with dirt and (gag) fertilizer. Before you can say, “You’re full of it,” if that fruit is somehow in contact with E. coli or any other bad bacteria, you should at least rinse it off.
That sharp knife you use to cut through the outer layer could be putting the germs on the flesh of the fruit as you slice through it! You likely never thought about that. Until recently, I didn’t either.
According to that university proclamation, water-rinsing won’t necessarily kill all bacteria. And please don’t pour bleach or ALCOHOL on your watermelon. That could leech into the fruit and be dangerous.
Personally, I use a natural veggie-wash that contains all edible ingredients that claims will clean it better than just water-rinsing. My local supermarket carries it in the produce aisles.
Here’s yet, another view with a quote from a differentuniversity claiming you shoulddefinitely rinse produce, and then store it in a 41 degrees or colder area. https://bit.ly/2JXy3rP
I go with the version above regarding rinsing or not.
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