Why You Should Wash Strawberries Before Eating Them


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Fresh strawberries are delicious, but did you know that unless you wash them properly, you'd be eating a bit more than just fruit (technically an "accessory fruit")?

Here's how you should wash your strawberries, as shown by Zev Steen of Star-K Kosher Certification.


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After reading all the comments, I get the idea, so I didn't watch the video...didn't want to spoil my future appetite for strawberries.

I always soak my berries in a mixture of water and salt or water and cider vinegar for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse well prior to eating. I also usually cut the tops off strawberries prior to soaking. I wonder if this is sufficient to kill the bugs?
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This is silly. I do not put soap on my food. I've been eating strawberries for years and I'm not hosting a colony of strawberry insects in my stomach. Washing in water is just fine for me, thank you.
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The video didn't say what would happen if someone ate one of the bugs. My guess is: nothing. Personally, I would rather eat a few tiny insects than all the chemicals that get slathered on the berries before they hit the table (not to mention the soap in the video.) What people seem to forget is that fruit and vegetables come out of the DIRT. Bugs crawl all over them constantly as they're growing. Big deal. That's NATURAL.

So yes, I do wash my produce--but not because of strawberry bugs.
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Yes, now, what about amoebas?! Technically, they might even be kosher, yet they can kill you. Poor little strawberry mites can't do a thing to you. Set the strawberry mites freeeeeee.
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