Is Organic Necessary?
I often wonder if it is necessary to purchase certified organic produce for my juice or not. When I think about the amount of produce I will be ingesting in just one glass of juice, I feel that having added pesticides and toxins may not be very good. On the other hand, the sheer amount of fruits and vegetables that are required to make the juice can make buying organic produce cost prohibitive. Here are some recommendations I have come up with.
You may have heard of the term “the Dirty Dozen.” It is a list of the 12 most pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables. Partly because of the amount of pesticides found on the produce, and partly because of the difficulty it would be to remove the contaminants from the fruit or vegetable. This being said, if you can remove the peel, then maybe it’s ok to not go organic. Of course if it has a peel that is full of nutrition, you would lose that.
Here is the list of the most “dirty” produce:
-Sweet Bell Peppers
Even though you may prefer to buy organic, the cost of these products may be just too high for the budget. So, there are ways to clean regular produce to get as much pesticides off as you can.
One way is to make a spray bottle (use a dark bottle to keep out the light) of peroxide and another of vinegar. First spray with peroxide, then use the vinegar. Then rinse with tap water. Most of the pesticides are water insoluble, meaning they will not come off from water alone. Consider that these products must stay on all season through rain. It is important to remove the residue with a surfactant, soap.
Another way to clean the produce would be ordinary dish soap in a tub of water. This is a quick and easy way to remove the waxy pesticide residue. Either way will most likely work, but the soap one seems faster because you can wash all the fruits and vegetables quickly by just dunking them in, rubbing a little, and rinsing under the tap.
Remember, organic or not, you are still getting a lot of health benefits just by drinking these healthy juices. Use your own discretion on which ones to purchase organic and just wash the other ones thoroughly. Also, consider growing your own organic vegetables at home. Click here to receive Laura Fox’s Organic Gardening 6 Day Course for free.
Make Organic Affordable
When you create your first juice with your brand new juicer, you will realize that you need many fruits and vegetables to make a glass of juice. When you are planning to buy organic, this can cost you a lot of money. Below are tips that will help you if you want to buy organic and not pay an arm and a leg.
- Buy local fruits and vegetables at the local Farmer’s Markets.
- Go to the Farmer’s Market and ask around if there is a local farmer who can sell their fresh fruits and vegetables to you directly. Also ask if you could get some discount if you buy his/her older produce. Riper fruits and vegetables sometimes contain higher juice content. You can just cut off any unwanted parts.
- You can also join CSA, this can also help you to save money. For more information about CSA, go to www.nal.usda.gov.
- Buy older or damaged fruits and vegetables at the local stores. Some stores have a discount for those items. If you don’t see one, try to ask the store owner or manager.
- Buy in bulk. A lot of warehouse stores have organic produce and if they buy big quantities of fruits and vegetables they can request a discount and can save money.
- Freeze your extra fruits and vegetables. When you are able to buy produce at low price, freezing them for later use is a great idea. You can also cut them in juice size before freezing them to make your future juicing faster. Always thaw first.
- Plant your own organic fruits and vegetables.
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