Simple All-Natural Fruit & Veggie Spray Wash

Distilled white vinegar is great for cleaning fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as, many other surfaces because it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and considered an earth friendly cleaning ingredient. Vinegar can remove bacteria, pesticide residue, water scale, and other germs commonly associated with storing fresh fruits and vegetables for extended periods of time.

Here is a brief backstory to explain why this simple all-natural fruit and veggie spray wash became a staple in our household some time ago. To make a long story short, we were shopping at the local supermarket and I will keep the company name anonymous, but while we were picking out some fresh fruits and vegetables we noticed the produce associate wiping down some apples, oranges, and other produce when we observed him going from the fruits straight to the vegetables. Nothing out of the ordinary for the most part.

What was out of the ordinary was that he was using the same rag to wipe the edges and shelves of the display bins. In disbelief we stood there for a minute and watched him spray and wipe the dusty-dirty ledges with the same rag he was wiping the produce with. We were stunned. When my wife approached him and kindly whispered that she thought that might not be a good idea, he looked at her with a scowl and replied “we do this all the time.” Well that was all she had to hear. Quite simply, yeah it was game. She reported him to the manager and we never shopped there again. She has since passed away and we are still using her spray wash on all of our fresh fruits and vegetables.

Ingredients
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt or Ground Sea Salt
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (remove seeds)
  • Warm Tap Water
Preparation
  • First, take a clean standard 32 fl. oz. spray bottle and add one teaspoon of coarse ground sea salt or kosher salt to the empty bottle.
  • Next, add 2 1/2 cups (20 oz) of warm tap warm and shake vigorously to dissolve salt, once the salt is dissolved add 2 tablespoons of fresh seedless lemon juice.
  • Then add 1 1/4 cups (10 oz) of distilled white vinegar.
  • Finally, close top hand tight and shake the bottle for a few seconds to evenly mix the ingredients in the bottle. Now it’s ready to use.
Application Instructions

Place a strainer in the sink and apply a generous mist to your fruits and/or vegetables. Allow spray wash to settle for a few minutes, roughly 3 minutes is perfect. Rinse under cold tap water or with sink hose to remove any residue which the spray wash may have loosened. Then wipe/dry with a paper towel or clean rag and you will instantly see a brightness to the coloration of your fruit or vegetable indicating the item is clean and ready to consume.

Note: you may store the bottle in the refrigerator if you wish

Distilled white vinegar is great for cleaning fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as, many other surfaces because it is non-toxic, biodegradable, and considered an earth friendly cleaning ingredient. Vinegar can remove bacteria, pesticide residue, water scale, and other germs commonly associated with storing fresh fruits and vegetables for extended periods of time.

Recipe: Homemade Pizza from Scratch

The ingredients and preparation to make the dough never changes. Once you have nailed down a reasonably simple dough making process the rest of making homemade pizza is the fun part. See below for some basic suggestions we have conquered as well as some other more extensive ideas. This recipe makes two 16-18″ pizzas depending on how thick you prefer your crust.

What you will need to pickup from the store is largely a matter of taste when it comes to the sauce, the cheese, and the toppings.

The ingredients to make a complete pizza often varies because much of what you will do after making the dough depends on whether you are making the pizza with home cooked sauce or just simplifying things by using a commercial jar sauce.

The ingredients and preparation to make the dough never changes. Once you have nailed down a reasonably simple dough making process the rest of making homemade pizza is the fun part. See below for some basic suggestions we have conquered as well as some other more extensive ideas. This recipe makes two 16-18″ pizzas depending on how thick you prefer your crust.

Ingredients to make the dough
  • 4 cups Bread flour (Gold Medal) is the most cooperative when starting out
  • 1 envelope of Fleischmann’s fast-acting Instant Yeast
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of Hot water (110 degrees F)
Preparation instructions to make the dough
  • In a large mixing bowl evenly combine bread flour, instant yeast, salt, sugar.
  • Once evenly combined add olive oil and begin mixing while adding hot water.
  • Using a wooden spoon start to hand mix the ingredients together into a ball, the consistency will come together as you go. If sticky, slowly add flour to the mixture while collecting the mix into a ball.
  • Once dough is collected into a ball like shape, dump out on to a floured board or bakers mat and begin kneading, add flour while kneading if necessary.
  • Then place ball in a glass or stainless steel bowl which has been pre-oiled with remaining 2 tsp olive oil to prevent sticking later on. Cover with plastic wrap, place bowl with dough in cool dry place such as a cupboard one-hour.
  • After one hour has timed out and the dough has risen (see pics) dump out on to a floured surface, and form into a ball, slightly pressing dough together.
  • Then slice the dough into two equal halves and cover each half with an individual piece of plastic wrap (see pics), then let it set for ten minutes.
  • After 10 minutes uncover the dough and begin to roll out each half separately on a floured surface. I usually start rolling it out over a floured pizza stone to ensure the size before transferring it to a large non-stick pizza pan.
  • Using your fingers continue to spread the dough out to size pressing outer edges to form the thickness of the crust you desire (lightly oil outer edge with olive oil for a crispier crust.
  • Next, add shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce, and I sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese (optional) for extra taste.
  • Then add desired toppings over the cheese. This is the flexible part so feel free to add whatever toppings or seasonings you like, see below for more suggestions.
Basic or Commonly Found Toppings
  • Meatballs (sliced)
  • Mushrooms (sliced)
  • Sausage (crumbled)
  • Ground Beef (crumbled)
  • Pepperoni (slices)
  • Green or Red Peppers, Banana peppers, Jalapeno peppers (diced)
  • Onions (diced)
  • Anchovies (canned)
  • Black Olives (sliced fresh or canned)
Cooking Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Once preheated to temp, place pizza in the pan on the middle rack of the oven for roughly fifteen minutes till cheese begins to brown. Cook time varies according to how crispy you like the bottom to be.
  • For a crispier crust you can also place the pizza on directly on an oven safe pizza stone without the pan.
Other Miscellaneous Ideas

Taco Pizza
-taco seasoned ground beef, shredded sharp cheddar, diced tomato
Hawaiian Pizza
-cubed pineapple, diced ham, sliced black olives, sprinkle brown sugar
Buffalo Chicken & Bacon Pizza
-Cubed chicken seasoned w/buffalo hot sauce, crumbled bacon, ranch dressing
Salad Pizza
-Shredded lettuce, diced tomato, diced cucumber, black olives, Italian dressing