Should We Wash Bagged Spinach And Other Greens?

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  1. Rihana

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    Do you re-wash the pre-washed greens like spinach and green beans that come in plastic bags and are ready-to-use? The instructions on the bag say no need to wash. How about baby carrots?

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    Well, I have this habit of always washing, even triple washed bagged and microwaveable produce. One reason, I always open bag, and do not cook in microwave. We hardly eat steamed veggies.
    Sometimes, lately, getting very lazy and dumping spinach directly into pot w/o washing.
    But now in COVID-19 situation, do not know, what I would have done.
    May be wash in lukewarm to hot, right before using since virus can stay in cold for much longer, assuming it can somehow get into bag on produce.
     
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    I rinse a couple of times just before use. If the greens are going to be cooked I then use them straight, otherwise I put them through a salad spinner.
     
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    I always wash it by habit and it’s safer
     
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    I always wash all my veggies before cooking. Nowadays I am washing them with salted turmeric water or vinegar water before loading the fridge.
     
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    Yes, I rinse it before using, but if I am in a hurry, I have used them not rinsing as well.
     
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    I wash them even it says triple washed
     
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    I have trust issues so I do not believe anyone just like that :p
    Yes I do wash even if it says triple wash.
     
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    Thank you all for the inputs. I forgot to add mine. I used to wash these a while back. After I stopped washing chicken and seafood before marinating them, and we didn't die or fall sick for a year or so, I stopped washing bagged vegetables too. For me, washing them would take away their convenience. I agree that it is safest to wash them.
     
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    Earlier I wouldn't wash pre-washed veggies that come in a package. Because of the Covid situation, I am washing all bagged and pre-washed veggies too. (My reasoning is that no matter how mechanized the process, I have seen food processing lines always have humans in the line and I want to be doubly sure of sanitizing produce).
     
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