Ok so I’ve had a few people wondering how I get all my food prepared for the week for quick and easy cooking and or consumption. I’m telling you this method is the BEST! I notice without fail if I think I’ll do it later and I don’t take the time to prep my veggies I always regret it. I never put anything in my fridge unless it’s been washed first. My kids and husband can almost always be assured if they reach in the fridge to grab some fruit or veggies they will be washed.
Prepping my veggies makes it easier for my meals. It reduces the time significantly and I have a TON of ways to help preserve fresh foods so they STAY fresh for a decent amount of time. Once you switch over I swear you will never switch back.
The first thing I do is clean out my sinks. I sterilize them with my absolute favorite cleaners (green and kid friendly) and make sure they are shiny and ready for soaking my produce. I once used these huge white bowls and you could see all the dirt collected on the bottom once my food soaked for an entire cycle. So Gross but so nice to affective.
I don’t have a complete “recipe” for this but I will do my best to get is as accurate as possible. Just know you can’t go wrong. You need four ingredients. Baking Soda, Distilled White Vinegar, Lemon Juice and Water. Very common household items. I use a little baking soda for each sink, dump in some vinegar and lemon juice and let it fizz and dissolve all the soda and then top it off with water. Feel free to swish it around a bit to keep that combination active. I also have pretty deep sinks so just keep that in mind. If you have shallow sinks then maybe use a little less.
This is roughly the amount I use each time.
- 1/4 C- 1/2 C Baking Soda
- 1/2 C – 1 C Distilled White Vinegar
- 2-4 Tb Lemon Juice
- Enough water to fill and cover the veggies
- Soak for 20-30 minutes
- Rinse everything thoroughly and place everything on a drying rack or towel to dry off
I remove all my stickers and try to layer everything by putting the heaviest items in first. If some of the items come in nets or ziplock bags with holes in them then I usually just set the entire package into the water without dumping everything out. (cherry tomatoes, green beans, brussels sprouts) It just helps keep everything together all while cleaning everything off.
Let everything soak for 20-30 minutes. I come and check on everything every 5-10 minutes and spin the apples and cucumbers and basically anything else floating on top and make sure they repeatedly get covered with the cleaning solution.
Rinse everything thoroughly when you feel like they’ve soaked long enough and go ahead and use a soft brush to get that shiny film off. Do you know what I’m talking about? Seriously it’s like this sticky shiny film to make the produce look amazing (which it does) but then it’s almost impossible to get off. I lay all my washed and rinsed items on these green towels I have for everything to dry. Green to remind my family that these towels are for my food projects only. No one is allowed to touch my towels. haha
There are so many benefits for washing and prepping your veggies and fruits. One main reason is it gives you loads more time. Another reason is it’s it offers the excuse to always keep your fridge cleaned out. I wouldn’t want to put anything in a dirty fridge so I always wipe things down real quick before I restock. I also lay out fresh paper towels in the bottom of my produce drawers to help with anything additional moisture.
I really encourage you to give this a try and see how your week goes. I send my kids to school with school lunch and it’s so fast to assemble. Lunches at are a breeze and dinners are also just quick more efficient. Stay tuned for my upcoming post on prepping foods to get the longest life span out of them and have them ready to go into the refrigerator. Feel free to sign up for my weekly email and go ahead and ask me any questions you might have.