During my college days I used to walk through a huge vegetable wholesale market at Dadar, Mumbai. For those of who have seen such a market would know how vegetables are displayed. They are stacked one on top of the other on the road itself. Now imagine it raining, all muddy roads and huge piles of spinach, coriander, etc… ewww.

After having a first-hand look at these whole sale markets, I make sure of putting that extra effort to wash the vegetables at home. But recently I saw a small worm crawling out of a cauliflower which I had thoroughly washed.

This made me think – Is it enough to thoroughly wash vegetables with water only?

Did some reading and came across some easy tricks that would give us that peace of mind knowing that our veggies are really fit to be consumed.

Removing insects from cauliflower

Cauliflower is very dense and comes with many insects which may not be visible to the naked eye. The process to remove there is really very simple, something that I had not thought it to be. First remove the leaves surrounding the cauliflower and the stem. Then separate the florets and put them in a big bowl. Add around 2 to 3 tbsp of salt and rub it on the florets. Then add water to this and let it stay for 45 mins to an hour.
The insects get dehydrated due to the salt and water mixture and float on the water. Remove the florets and thoroughly wash and then use. If you don’t have time to let it stay for half an hour then increase the amount of salt in the water.

Cleaning leafy vegetables like spinach, coriander (kotmir), methi

These leafy vegetables come with a lot of mud especially in their roots, so the first step is to cut off the roots with kitchen scissors. Then in a very large bowl/ vessel soak the entire bunch for a couple of minutes and repeat this a couple of times. Then wash it in running water. Spread the leaves on kitchen towels till dry and then these can be refrigerated till before using.

All other vegetables like cabbage, beans, drumstick etc

Soak these for around 15 mins to an hour in water mixed with a tsp of vinegar, then wash with running water then chop before using.
I have also seen some products/ liquids available to wash vegetables. I havnt tried any of them. So if any of you have, please leave a comment with your reviews. Would love to know your thoughts and experience too.

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Sabeeka Lambe

I have been working in the software technology services space for over 15 years. In my professional life I help in implementing quality standards like ISO, CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented. Through this blog I am sharing similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To work in any new field, it helps if you read and train too, and I did the same. Have got a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai to enhance my knowledge and skills on this topic that I am passionate about

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