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Old 06-20-2011, 10:13 AM   #51
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I think that just makes the germs dizzy
Maybe they get dizzy and lose their grip, fall off
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:17 AM   #52
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Back when the salmonella or E.coli scare (can't remember which) with the Mexican chain restaurant broke out a few years back, one of the news stations here mentioned something about how just a simple rinse under running water of the green onions would probably have washed off most, if not all of the bacteria.

Don't know how sound that advice was/is but there have been experiments done under controlled conditions that show there's not much difference in bacterial growth with well-rinsed versus washed hands, as well as just the opposite. So, basically, who knows.
If the offending bacteria are in the soil and are drawn into the veggies through their root systems, they end up INSIDE the veggies. No amount of rinsing will help.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:18 AM   #53
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How do you clean a bunch of herbs, GW? Something that would not take well to brushing. Do you think rinsing really does anything?

I found a good rinse helps lettuce from the garden.. gets all the gritty bits out...

Don't like gritty bits in me lettuce.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:28 AM   #54
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Oh, definitely rinse or brush off the gritty bits.
I'm not a fan of gritty bits either.
Heck, I don't even eat grits!
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...Heck, I don't even eat grits!

Yeah, once you rinse the gritty bits off of grits, they're not very filling.
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If the offending bacteria are in the soil and are drawn into the veggies through their root systems, they end up INSIDE the veggies. No amount of rinsing will help.
There was recently an outbreak of a nasty salmonella in Germany. Spain was erroneously blamed. Finally, the source was foudn to be bean sprouts. It seems that the salmonella, as Andy stated, was in the soil and was then found in the beans themselves, inside. When they were sprouted, in a moist environment of course, the salmonella had the perfect medium to reproduce in and the rest is history. As bean sprouts are eaten raw in salads, and in sandwiches, the little nasties aren't destroyed as they would be if the beans were just cooked.

It has been stated by many a virologist that if we knew of all the many microscopic things there are that are trying to kill us, each and every moment of our lives, we would live in terror continuously. All I can say is that I am thankful that I have a fairly robust immune system.

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Old 06-20-2011, 12:28 PM   #57
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I am definitely NOT from the food police, but you should wash the outside of the melon before you slice it. Some folks have gotten e. coli from the dirty rinds. Same goes for watermelon.
Does coating the watermelon in lard, dropping it in a shallow area in a lake and letting selected members from two troops of boyscouts at it, count as washing? BTW, first troop to have someone carry it on shore wins! Keep in mind that they have been camping for 5 days already with showers being at a minimum.

We like to make a three mustard, grilled chicken that gets served with melons (cantaloupe and honeydew) and kiwis as sides.

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