It has been a common practice to wash and thoroughly clean any fruit or vegetable before juicing them. This is because potentially toxic chemicals like pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and many other chemicals are used in many of commercially produced and grown fruits available for sale in the market. However, do you know that experts say that the rind or peel of many fruits actually contains many of the important nutrients that we need? This also is true for many vegetables, as well. Nutritionists even recommend leaving the rind or peel of some fruits and vegetables when juicing, cooking or baking them. Realizing that many of the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables are potentially washed away once we rinse or peel off the skin, we need to know how to clean fruits and vegetables before juicing.
If you have grown the fruits or vegetables for juicing yourself and you know how much (or little) chemicals your harvests are exposed to, you can simply rinse the fruit or vegetable with warm running water. If there are some chemicals applied when growing the fruit or vegetable, you can scrub these off by a soft bristle brush before juicing it.
However, if you buy your fruits and vegetables in the produce market or your local grocery store, chances are these may have wax coating used to preserve the fruits and vegetables when shipping them from the farm to the retail market. This wax coating may not be easily removed by simply washing with running water or soft bristled scrub. So, before juicing the fruit or vegetable, fill a basin or sink with warm water and add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide or H2O2. Hydrogen peroxide is a food grade that is found to loosen the dirt, chemical residues and even wax coating in the rind or peel of the fruit and vegetable, before juicing. When you soak the fruit or vegetable, you will notice bubbles accumulating. That is the hydrogen peroxide working to remove the contaminants away. After soaking the fruits and vegetables to be juiced overnight in hydrogen peroxide you will notice that washing the dirt, wax and chemicals off would be very easy and will take little or even no effort at all.
Another important thing to note when washing fruits and vegetables before juicing is the amount of chlorine in your tap water. Water systems in most cities contain high amount of chlorine, hence, a good filter system to remove the chlorine should be installed, if you consider making your own fruit and vegetable juices. Chlorine is another substance that we do not need in our fresh fruit or vegetable juice.
Aside from hydrogen peroxide, there are a number of solvents in the market primarily used as fruit and vegetable wash. These products are also effective when removing the various chemical residues, wax and dirt before juicing any fruit or vegetable. Some do not even require overnight soaking, as they are formulated to quickly remove residues of the fruit and vegetable before juicing. You can opt to get these types, but they are not such a necessity.
The next time you think of juicing any fruit or vegetable, take note of this simple tip and you are well on your way to enjoying a nutritious and refreshing drink.