So, just for kicks and grins today I decided to do a little experiment as I was tidying up the kitchen.
You may or may not have heard or read online about a vinegar wash for fresh fruit. I've been seeing it for a few years now and finally got around to testing it out to see if it actually works as claimed. If you believe everything you see on Pinterest and Facebook, it's the Magic Fruit Spa.
So, here's what you're supposed to do, and how it's supposed to work:
1. Clean your sink. (I do that every day so that was not hard.)
2. Place the fruit in the sink and cover it with 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. (With apples, covering the fruit is sort of impossible because they float. Also, I skipped the measuring of the water and just filled the sink with water until they were barely floating and then poured in 4 cups of vineger. You're also supposed to get your water the same temperature as your fruit, so I did that.)
3. Let them soak for 10 minutes. That part was easy.
4. Remove the apples, rinse and dry them off, and you're supposed to see them bright and shiny with all the waxy buildup gone and even smelling fresher. Oh, and your vinegar water is supposed to be murky and gray and make you go "wow, that's really gross".
So, my observations and results:
1. The bag of apples I just bought seemed especially waxy and dull so I thought this was a good specimen.
2. Because they float, after 5 minutes I did turn them over and stirred up the water a little, but not too much so they didn't bump around in the sink and become bruised.
3. As you can see from the picture, once I removed the apples from the vinegar water, the water was not dirty at all. I guess my fruit wasn't dirty enough to murky the water? I don't know.
4. Once I took them all out and rinsed them off, then I dried them and placed them back in the bowl. They do look shinier but I don't know if that was the vinegar or the rubbing motion with the microfiber cloth I used to dry them (similar to the old fashioned way of shining your apple, on your shirt sleeve or pant leg). I sniffed one to make sure it didn't smell like vinegar (it didn't) but it did have a very pleasant apple-y smell. I don't know if it smelled like that before, because I forgot to sniff it. I'm going to assume it did, since it's an apple and they smell like... well, apples. Usually.
Honestly? I think it was kind of a waste of 10 minutes and 4 cups of vinegar, since Fruit Professionals (those people with titles before their names (or after, depending on the fruit, I guess) that are quoted in articles online, and since it's online, we know it must be true, seem to agree that simply washing your fruit with water essentially does the same thing, or, buying a prepared fruit wash and using that (which is probably just vinegar and water). They might be making that up, but it's hard to say.
There you go. Now you don't have to try the vinegar fruit wash. Or, you could if you really wanted to, and see if your results are the same or not.