“Mom, is this washed?” Sometimes we have no choice but to ask when we are going to prepare a plate of food and one of its ingredients raises questions about its preparation. Logic is going to tell us whenever we wash, but not all foods have to be soaked to be clean, and today we tell you which ones do need a water bath and which do not.
Since childhood they taught us that we should wash everything we are going to eat. But few people know that sometimes this habit is not only useless but also harmful. Washing some foods causes the growth of bacteria and other negative consequences that you are about to know.
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Should we soak the mushrooms or just clean them with a cloth? And the oysters? In the case of these products, it would be enough to clean them with a cloth, in the first case, and clean them with your hands, in the second. But there are 9 other foods that are subject to confusion and today we resolve the doubts.
Fruits and vegetables. Yes, rinse them with cold water before starting to handle them. The reason is none other than the intention to eliminate bacteria, insecticides or mere dirt that remains on the surface. Then you have to dry them with a cloth or paper.
As much as you try to clean these products, the bacteria will pass from the shell to the edible part. Therefore, you should always wash bananas, melons, watermelons and other fruits and vegetables with an inedible peel before consuming them.
Wash meats, whatever the animal is, in a big mistake, since the water will never be hot enough to kill the microorganisms they may contain.
Tip: Before cooking, remove the juice from the meat and its remains from the surface using paper towels. After this, wash your hands with soap and hot water.
For soda cans it is advisable to pass them by water, obviously, before opening them. Especially if we are going to drink directly from them.
If we put the fresh salads in the bag, as well as vegetables or vegetables, the only thing we get is to increase their risk of contamination because when they were already washed we would be subjecting them to a second exposure.
Before cooking the white rice we must pass it through water a couple of times to dehydrate it, since the starch it contains can carry bacteria with it.
Why shouldn’t you wash chicken eggs?
Washing eggs can be considered silly. The shell and the membrane that they have when they open it cause the bacteria not to penetrate the egg.
As with meat, washing raw fish can contaminate it more and make it catch more bacteria.
It is difficult to say who came up with the idea that the pasta had to be washed. Chefs around the world believe that this procedure is a crime, because due to water, the product loses starch and it is this substance that causes the sauce to permeate well.
You can wash this food only after cooking and nothing else in case you plan to make an Asian salad or noodles, using the stir fry technique.
You should always wash the nuts, even if they are peeled. We cannot know where they were stored and how they were transported. In addition to this, water will help get rid of the phytic acid found in nuts. With its help, the plant protects against pests, but for the health of people it can be harmful.
Dried Apricots and Raisins
These foods are considered one of the dirtiest. Especially when sold in bulk. Even if you bought them in a beautiful package, you should wash them or better yet, soak them for a couple of hours.
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