I also recently came across a recommendation for washing fruits and vegetables. It is simply to use 1/2 cup white vinegar in a large bowl. Fill the rest with cold water, allowing room for the produce. Soak in the vinegar bath for about a half hour, or an hour for non-organic apples. The vinegar will have no effect on the taste of the fruits or vegetables once they are rinsed and air dried. It also supposedly has preservative benefits so that delicate foods, like berries, will have a longer refrigerator life.
I tried this after a trip to the store today where I purchased some fresh strawberries. I let them soak for the recommended half hour. Usually I would just do a quick rinse of the berries in a strainer. Well, I won't be doing that anymore! Here's the visual proof of everything that came out in that soak:
Yuck. That was from one quart-sized container of strawberries!! And in case you want to see what else besides dirt was in those berries, here's a close-up. Yeah, I probably would have eaten that little guy. You can just make him out in the photo above near the top of the bowl. Bye-bye little bee.
I have a container of blueberries soaking right now. I don't expect there will be quite as much dirt hidden in those since fruits like strawberries and raspberries, for instance, have lots of hiding places for dirt to settle.
I will be enjoying today's lunchtime a lot more knowing that I'm not eating imported Mexican soil and insects with my berries.