How to Clean Fruit for Juicing
Nutritionists have been telling us for years that the majority of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables are in or just inside the rind or peel. This means that a person seeking to gain the maximum nutritional value when juicing fruits should use the entire fruit including the rind or peel. But, most commercially grown fruit is treated with various chemicals to retard spoilage, kill pests, and ripen in a specific time frame. Many of these foreign substances are actually toxic, so it is important to know how to clean fruit for juicing.
For most fresh fruits, a simple wash under warm running water and possibly some scrubbing with a soft vegetable brush is sufficient to remove most of the chemical residues that are not wanted in the juice. Unfortunately, many commercially grown fruits are also treated with a wax coating prior to shipment to grocery stores and produce markets. This wax may take a little more special care to remove from the fruit prior to juicing.
When rinsing under a faucet with plain water is not sufficient, filling a sink with water and adding a small amount of food grade hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The gentle scrubbing action that takes place as the hydrogen peroxide bubbles into the water will usually loosen even the toughest coatings and stuck on dirt. Allowing the fruit to soak overnight will allow the peroxide to loosen everything and the water to rinse most of the contaminants away with no effort on your part. After the overnight soak, rinsing in running water should remove any remaining residues.
People who have city water flowing from their taps should install a filter system that is capable of removing the chlorine that is inherently a part of the city water treatment system. It would be pointless to spend so much effort washing the fruit to remove toxic materials and then include chlorine, which is highly toxic in higher concentrations, in the finished juice.
There are also a few commercially available solvents designed for use on fruits and vegetables to remove different chemical residues and make them ready for juicing. These solvents have been tested thoroughly and proven safe for use on foods that will be consumed raw. The above listed methods of cleaning fruit for juicing should be sufficient to remove any and all harmful substances that could contaminate the juice. Solvents, like Veggie Wash, can accomplish the cleaning process quicker and easier if one is in a hurry, but are not essential to cleaning the fruit for juicing.