What's the Best Way to Clean Fragile Berries?
How do you clean those fragile blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries without damaging their fragile skin? A berry bath! Join Chef Katie Simmons in the kitchen as she share her tips on why and how to clean those berries so that you have easy, healthy snacks.
Why a Bath?
Berries are one of the most loved varieties of fruits. Kids love little bite-sized blueberries, and adults can hardly resist sweet, juicy strawberries. They work great in smoothies, or just over Chia pudding.
However, berries are also one of the most heavily-sprayed fruits, making them one of the "Dirty Dozen". Their thin skin makes them particularly susceptible to pests so farmers rely heavily on pesticides and herbicides for mass production. It's important to clean conventional berries for this reason. It's also important to clean organic berries, to remove any dirt or soil.
But how do you do that without bruising the skin? A Berry Bath! Gently submerge the berries and give them a little "swirl", letting dirt, soil, and pesticides come off and sink to the bottom of the bowl.
Favorite Recipes to Enjoy Berries:
More Healthy Fruits to Enjoy:
More Berry Love and Learning:
Fruits, especially berries, are full of antioxidants essential for good health: Antioxidants in Fruits, By Jeanie Lerche Davis, Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on September 11, 2008; WebMD Feature Archive
15 Lesser-Known Berries You Should Try, by JENNIFER LATHAM on Serious Eats
The National Berry Crops Initiative (NBCI): is a partnership of industry, academia and government formed to develop a strategic plan for the continued growth and sustainability of berry crop production in the United States.
DIRTY DOZEN: EWG's 2015 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, Environmental Working Group
About the Author:
Chef Katie Simmons
Katie is a Personal Chef based in Chicago. She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special dietary concerns like gluten-free, oil-free, plant-based, and low-residue. Outside of the kitchen, she is a Fitness Instructor for Equinox, with over 13 years experience in the fitness industry, and a blogger for Kuli Kuli Foods. For fun, she loves to travel, with her most recent travel involving 10 days of hiking in the Patagonia of Argentina and Chile.