Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tips for Using Fresh Produce

While working with Hormel Foods this month on planning a neighborhood potluck/barbecue, I received some awesome tips from them regarding healthy use of fresh produce. I thought since this is a big time of year for farmer's markets and produce sales that this is a great list of tips to refer to!!!!  I love making fresh fruit salads this time of year, especially for get togethers!

If you’re using fresh produce from the farmers market or store, proper cleaning is important. Sometimes we all need a reminder on fresh produce cleaning guidelines from the Food & Drug Administration!

 Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.

Cut away any damaged or bruised areas before preparing and eating.

Gently rub produce while holding under plain running water. There’s no need to use soap or a produce wash.

 Wash produce BEFORE you peel it so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or veggie.

 Use a vegetable brush to scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers.

 Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.

 Throw away the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage.
*This post is being written for my participation in the Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger Program. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own!*

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