posted on Jun, 3 2013 @ 07:17 AM
Having worked in a fresh produce department for many years, I would never trust frozen organic fruit. You can't wash them before consumption. And
since (it seems) that it was pomegranate seeds, that goes double. You would not be expected to wash them ever as they are enclosed in the skin. It
would be like washing slices of bananas. It seems many people equate organic produce with clean, but it really only means no pesticides or
herbicides were used. Organic produce is usually much dirtier and has many more bugs.
To the person who wants to wash everything in anti-bacterial soap, you don't need any special soap, but some sort of detergent works wonderfully.
The main reason for a detergent is the surfactant; it breaks the surface tension of the water on things so the water can really wash off anything. If
you look at grapes, berries, cabbage, and broccoli, the grayish, powdery looking stuff is a combination of wax from the plant itself to protect it
from moisture and anything in the area that will stick to it--mold, fungus, yeast, pesticides, dirt of all sorts, including manure. And in fields
with irrigation ditches and no toilet facilities, raw sewage. Yummy, huh? The water beading up on something shows this sticky stuff is still there.
Just a drop or two of Dawn works for me. I don't use antibacterial soaps (a whole other topic, but it's like over use of antibiotics and
triclosan-resistance is a growing concern). Put your produce in a large bowl (I use my salad spinner), add a drop or two of dish soap (really a
detergent), and agitate, rubbing the produce lightly between your hands. Drain and rinse well. It's amazing after you do this the difference in how
the now really clean produce looks. Especially broccoli. And how really dirty the water you washed them in looks. Dish soap is safe and rinses off
I've seen older (circa 1950's) produce guides which recommend you use bleach to wash produce. Since bleach is toxic, no thank you! But even that
is safe, if rinsed really, really well.