Friday, November 2, 2012

Foods You Should Never Wash

A lot of us are big on washing everything. Here's a list of foods we should never wash that I lifted from reading the July 2012 edition of ShopSmart;) magazine that I'm guilty of doing. Apparently quick rinse of certain foods could spread bacteria to other foods, utensils, and surfaces. High on the "don't wash" list are poultry and eggs.

Coomercially produced eggs are cleaned at the processing plant and don't need to be washed again. The wash water can be "sucked" into the egg through the pores of the shell, increasing risk of contamination.

Meat and Poultry
Sure, rinsing might remove a few bugs, but the running water is likely to transfer bacteria to your sink and other stuff within splashing distance. Cooking thoroughly will kill the nasty bacteria.

Nuts in their shells
Don't wash nut in their shells. Moisture encourages bacteria or mold growth. It's best to wash hands after shelling and before eating the nuts.

Don't wash mushrooms. Wipe them down with a damp paper towel. Washing can make them mushy.

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