How to Clean Fruits and Vegetables—The Right Way
We stock our fridges with fruits and vegetables for a few reasons: They provide us with the nutrients we need to stay healthy, they can help us fuel our rides because they’re great sources of carbs, and they also taste great, adding a sweet bite to your dishes! But before you enjoy your preride Apple, it’s best to make sure you clean it off the right way.
The internet is flooded with different ways to clean fruits and vegetables, like pre-soaking them in water with a bit of baking soda or vinegar, spraying them with produce spray, or using a tiny electric purifier. But experts say the approach below is the best way to clean fruits and vegetables—and it’s easier than you think.
What’s the best way to clean fruits and vegetables?
During the harvesting process—growing, picking, packing, and shipping—fruits and vegetables may come into contact with dirt, bacteria, and chemicals. This is why it’s important to clean produce before eating it, says Mandy Tyler, M.Ed., R.D., C.S.S.D., registered dietitian, and certified specialist in sports dietetics.
To clean produce it’s quite simple and it doesn’t take a ton of steps or fancy kitchen gadgets.
“The guidance from the Food and Drug Administration, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that running water and some gentle friction, whether that be with a vegetable scrub brush, or even just with your hand, under running water, is the most effective way to clean your fruits and vegetables,” says Tyler. It doesn’t matter if the fruits and vegetables are grown at home, or purchased from a grocery store or local farmer’s market, the process to clean them is the same, she adds.
Even when there’s dirt in the nooks and crannies of root vegetables, like carrots and potatoes, washing them with water—a natural cleaner—and a scrub brush is enough, says Catherine Hibbitt, R.D., M.P.H., registered dietitian at God’s Love We Deliver, a New York City-based charity that serves free healthy meals to people with serious illness.
Bottom line: If you’re washing any fruit or vegetable (even those with an inedible peal), water will get the job done. “If we don’t wash it first, we’re going to slice that dirt or bacteria into the produce that we eat,” says Tyler.
Should you use vinegar, baking soda, or produce wash?
Washing produce in vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, or other products may seem common but it’s not necessary. These methods won’t enhance the nutritional value of a fruit or vegetable and it won’t make them last longer, says Hibbitt. If anything, these methods might make produce look more vibrant and appealing but nothing else, Hibbitt says.
What’s more, research has shown that cleaning fruits and vegetables with gentle friction and running water is just as effective as using lemon juice, vinegar, and produce cleaners, Tyler adds. Therefore, it’s not necessary to take the extra step. And you definitely don’t need soap or bleach.
Another downside: Washing fruits and vegetables in vinegar (or other strong cleansers) can alter the taste and discourage you from eating them, says Tyler.
Other Tips for Preparing and Storing Fruits and Vegetables
Here are a few other tips from Hibbitt and Tyler to keep in mind before eating or storing fruits and vegetables:
Disinfect Your Prepping Station
To ensure the safety of your produce and prevent any foodborne illnesses, properly clean and disinfect any utensils and surfaces before preparing your food, says Hibbitt. Keep this in mind especially when handling other foods beforehand like raw meat and seafood.
Also, wash your hands before preparing any fruits and vegetables to avoid contamination, says Tyler.
Dry After Washing and Before Storing
“Bacteria doesn’t grow where there’s a dry environment, so dry it off, and then store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it,” says Hibbitt.
If you wash your fruits and vegetables and then throw them in the fridge, you’ll need to wash them again before eating to avoid foodborne illnesses, especially if there’s a situation where cross contamination can occur, like storing produce near raw meat, which should be avoided, Hibbitt says.
If the fruit or vegetable is typically stored outside of the fridge like apples, pears, and oranges, once you slice them, they need to be refrigerated within two hours. So keep them in a cold environment until you’re ready to eat them, says Tyler.
Lastly, if you want to prolong the life of cucumbers or leafy greens, Hibbitt suggests storing them in the refrigerator in a shallow container with a bit of water.
Monique LeBrun joined the editorial staff in October 2021 as the associate health and fitness editor. She has a master’s degree in journalism and has previously worked for ABC news and Scholastic. She is an avid runner who loves spending time outside.
Mary Barra Hints Chevy Bolt May Return On Ultium Platform
GM CEO Mary Barra suggested in a radio interview this week that there might be a next generation Chevy Bolt in the works.
Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, sat down for an in-depth interview with Kai Ryssdal, the long time host of American Public Media’s Market Report, a half hour show that focuses on financial matters. Normally, the show features a series of snippets about how various companies are negotiating the crosscurrents of the financial world, but in this case, virtually the entire show was devoted to Barra and her stewardship of GM during the turbulence created by the changeover to building electric vehicles — like the Chevy Bolt.
As most readers know, GM has announced it will stop manufacturing the Bolt this summer. Typically in the car business, factories shut down for a few weeks in late July or early August for annual maintenance and to be reconfigured for changes to the models they produce that will be coming in the next model year.
The time leading up to the annual factory shutdown is referred to as “build-out” in the industry. Usually, a company will not accept orders for new vehicles if their manufacture cannot be completed before the end of the current year’s production run. In fact, there are reports floating around the internet about customers who had ordered a Chevy Bolt being informed (and none to politely) that their orders have been cancelled.
Presumably, the computers that schedule the sequence of manufacturing at the factory decided the orders could not be completed by the time build-out occurs this year. Since there will be no Chevy Bolt production the following model year, there was no alternative but to say, “Thanks for your business but we aren’t making that car anymore. Sorry.” Well, without the “Sorry” part, in this case.
Several years ago, before the Tesla Model 3 was introduced, my wife and I took part in what was called the Global EV Road Trip, organized by supporters of the EV revolution who wanted to introduce the idea of driving an electric car to the United Arab Emirates. We flew to Dubai, where we spent several days driving a selection of EVs, including a few Model S sedans, a Model X, a BMW i3, and a Chevy Bolt.
At the end of the tour, my wife and I agreed that, if it were our money, we would buy a Bolt. The Model S was simply too pricey for our budget (nobody ever got rich writing for an internet blog) and too big. We are lifelong Honda Civic, Saturn SL2 kind of people. While the Teslas were quite spectacular, they were too large for our tastes. The i3 simply did not have enough range for our needs. We both agreed that while the Bolt, while seriously lacking in interior appointments, would be a fine car for us if we decided to go electric.
Chevy Bolt The Ultium Platform
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Barra told Ryssdal during the interview that the Chevy Bolt was built on the GM’s second generation electric car platform. Since then, GM has developed its third generation platform, which it has dubbed Ultium. “The difference between our second generation and third generation technology, which is Ultium, is a 40% reduction in battery cost, and we’re leveraging the names of our vehicles that are better known in the industry,” Barra explained. “People who drive an Equinox today will understand what an Equinox EV delivers to them.”
Then Barra expanded on that to say the Chevy Bolt “is something that has built up a lot of loyalty and equity. So, I can’t say because I don’t discuss product programs, but…that’s an important vehicle in our portfolio.” Does that mean we may see a next generation Chevy Bolt built on the highly flexible Ultium platform? That’s up to you to decide as you parse her words for yourself.
A New Chevy Bolt?
Okay, Mary Barra was being coy, but her remarks certainly suggest a next generation Chevy Bolt may be in the pipeline. And why not? Ultium, like the MEB EV platform that underpins every Volkswagen ID.-branded electric car so far, is infinitely flexible. The wheelbase can be stretched or shortened as needed. It can be made wider or narrower. It can have different wheelbases for different vehicles. And most importantly for electric vehicles, it can have as large or as small a battery pack as is needed to meet the needs of various cars.
The Ultium platform today is the basis for the Hummer EV, the Silverado EV, and the Cadillac Lyriq. It will soon be the platform for the upcoming Equinox EV and Blazer EV. Does that mean it could also work for an updated Chevy Bolt? That’s a definite maybe.
A GM History Lesson
GM has spent a considerable amount of time smoothing and polishing the Chevy Bolt. It has added a slightly larger, more SUV-like version called the Bolt EUV. I have a neighbor who owns a Bolt EUV and drives it back and forth from Ohio to Florida on a regular basis. My colleague Jennifer Sensiba has one as well. Both report being quite pleased with their cars.
A Chevy Bolt is not an Audi, a BMW, or a Tesla. It is what it is, as Bill Belichick likes to say. I drove a Saturn SL2 sedan for a number of years. It was no autocross Hero, nor did it have the swagger of a Mercedes. But it served my needs very well at a price I could afford without making me a slave to a huge monthly car payment.
America needs an electric car like that. GM has already invested in the tooling for the Chevy Bolt. If the company was to bring it back on the Ultium platform, it could amortize that tooling over a much longer lifespan and offer something that no one else is offering at the moment — an entry level electric car that is big enough, with enough range, and affordable enough to meet the needs of those who want to drive on electrons instead of molecules while not breaking the bank.
GM has a history of getting cars just right and then pulling the plug (no pun intended). Think of the Corvair that started life as a rather dowdy car that got a midlife makeover into a svelte and stylish vehicle. It got the ax. As Autoblog mentioned in a story about Mary Barra and her Chevy Bolt non-announcement, GM even rolled out a battery-powered Corvair in 1966 dubbed the Electrovair.
GM has a litany of similar stories. The Pontiac Fiero also started life as an ugly duckling that later blossomed into a swan. It got axed. The Cadillac Allante had a gorgeous body designed by PininFarina, but a lump of an engine. When it finally got the engine it deserved — the Northstar V8 — it was discontinued.
We have no way of knowing if a revamped Chevy Bolt is definitely in the cards, but we hope GM doesn’t repeat its past mistakes. America needs affordable EVs. If GM doesn’t build them, someone else will. Right now, GM could have a first mover advantage before Tesla figures it out and before the Chinese learn how to crack the US market. This is a golden opportunity for GM — if they don’t blow it.
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Why Inline-4 Motorcycles Are Getting Phased Out
Inline-4 engines for motorcycles may be going the way of the Dodo. It is well known that regulations largely shape the automotive and motorcycle landscape, due to ones that are coming up recently this popular engine format might be going extinct. Emissions standards are tightening around the world and leading the charge is Europe which can in effect dictate what bikes are available for the entire world.
It’s expensive for motorcycle (and car) manufacturers to make different versions of the same model for all the different regions where they sell their vehicles, and much easier and financially favorable to just basically make a single version of a model that passes all regulations in the strictest countries, so it can be sold anywhere. Couple this with the likely fact that over time things like emissions regulations have been on a trend of becoming even stricter over time as environmental concerns and awareness grow. Here’s a look into some of the reasons why the popular Inline-4 engines might be a thing of the past pretty soon.
Motorcycle Emissions And UHC
The fuss around emissions in regard to motorcycles and why the end of Inline-4 engines may be nigh all has to do with UHC or unburned hydrocarbons. There have always been limits to UHC all around the world but the strictest seems to be Europe and the new Euro 5 emissions standards squeeze things even a bit tighter leaving the Inline-4 in a very precarious position.
Hydrocarbons that don’t get burned find their way to a bike’s exhaust system and escape out into the open air and environment. Simple issues like the evaporation of fuel in the tank, misfires, incomplete combustion from running too lean or rich, and poor oil containment around pistons and seals are common however usually already highly mitigated by routine maintenance and current technology. There is the controversial issue of combustion being stifled by cooling from colder nearby metal surface areas, but this is highly debatable. Another source of UHC is hiccups in the air-to-fuel ratios coming from the intake to the exhaust due to the valve overlap time. The evaporation issue also comes up again, not in the fuel tank this time but in the cylinder walls and combustion chamber as some fuel gets trapped in film and deposits and eventually evaporate. Finally, the compression strokes can push fuel-air mixtures into places where it eventually makes their way to the exhaust in the form of unburned hydrocarbons. The Euro 5 emissions have cut things from.17 to.10 UHC in the exhaust and oxides of nitrogen or NOx from 0.09 gm/km to 0.06. The carbon monoxide emissions have also been cut from previously 1.14 km/gm down to 1.0 gm/km. All this may mean doom for the beloved Inline-4 engine.
Less Is In Europe
The problems mentioned earlier and in particular the bigger ones already have possible solutions coming up to help reduce those unburned hydrocarbons. One of the bigger aforementioned issues with UHC is piston ring and head gasket crevice sizes where nasty unburned hydrocarbons can hide.
One can measure the volume of those surface areas to get a potential idea of crevices for the gases to hide. Using the circumference of the cylinder multiplied by the engine’s displacement using liters as the unit of measure will give the total length sealed by the head gasket and rings. One of the bikes believed to be a casualty of the new Euro 5 emissions is GSX-R1000 which was recently discontinued in Europe and Japan, and has a sealed length of roughly 37 inches once all the math has been done. By contrast, a bike also from Suzuki built to current Euro 5 requirements is the 776cc, which uses a parallel twin instead of the titular inline-4 engine. The 776 engine has a sealed length of about 27 inches which is significant, with around a 30 percent drop in surface area for UHC to hide. The key to reduction in the previous example is reducing the number of cylinders from four (inline-4) to two via the parallel-twin engine. This solution to meeting the demanding emissions requirements is one solid reason the inline-4 may be chugging out its last few revs.
The Good The Bad
Suzuki’s 776cc parallel twin powerhouse was announced in 2022 and features on the GSX-8S and the V-Strom 800DE.
There are pros and cons to the paradigm of the inline-4 and how things are likely to change. A big issue in meeting the Euro 5 emissions standards alongside the number of cylinders is valve overlap time. Valve overlap helps to increase functioning at high rpm by utilizing the Scavenging Effect, where the exiting exhaust pulls in fresh air and fuel. To do this, valve overlap has to have the exhaust and intake valves open simultaneously, creating more opportunity for UHD to escape and increasing emissions. Valve overlap has been optimized in inline-4 format, but overlap time has to be reduced to help lower emissions.
The drawback to long vale overlap is having to keep the rpm high, which is great for high speeds and racing but not so convenient for daily rides. Reducing the valve overlap time, decreasing engine displacement, and hence weight, all equal a more comfortable and relaxed ride, something that can be neglected if one has tunnel vision about high performance. The changes will result in lower performance by some metrics, but a less intimidating ride for riders with less experience, more comfort for all, and naturally, less pollution.
RichBitUK LTD Reviews
I ordered my bike in mid November 2022 it’s now the end of January 2023 still no bike ! They say the warehouse is dealing with it !! Stay away from this company!! I’ve asked for a refund but no answer on chat !!it’s a disgrace!!
Date of experience : January 28, 2023
Paid for a top-022 before Christmas…
Paid for a top-022 before Christmas from Richbit UK, took 3 weeks to arrive, shipping box arrived wet with big hole in base where it had been dragged around with various parts missing, sent 7 email since delivery to the only contact email address (no phone numbers provided), no reply to any of them. Looks like I will have to go to halfords to to replace the missing parts or reject the delivery. Avoid
Date of experience : December 05, 2022
I ordered my bike a month ago and…
I ordered my bike a month ago and specifically was tempted by short delivery times advertised…. Still no bike and communication is simply standard response citing brexit ( which was in place when I ordered?) I’m hoping it will turn up soon and I can write a positive review on the bike if it ever appears!
Date of experience : September 16, 2022
A BIG THANK YOU
I received my e-bike in June of this year, WOW what a wonderful machine, but then a month later all was dead. I contacted Rich-Bit via support on their web site, and they diagnosed the problem via e-mails. A week later a new control unit arrived, which I fitted very easily, On the road again. Thank You Rich-Bit, you have made an old man very happy.
Date of experience : September 07, 2022
Bought two bikes from this company
Bought two bikes from this company. Initially, fantastic experience, prompt delivery and super bikes. But absolutely no aftersales service. In fact they wont even answer emails. Starting having intermittent electrical problems with both bikes. One has now serious problems, pedal assist and throttle refuse to work 90% of the time. Avoid like the plague.
Date of experience : January 20, 2022
Best bike by far.
Best bike by far could not believe the power it has 20 miles first trip on smooth and rough terrain handled very well, and at my age 65 didn’t have to work to hard the e bike did it all, ordered bike and received it next day that’s good service. All I can say is it does what it says on the tin, brilliant. i will recommend my friends cause they sure to ask, thanks richbit made a old man happy.
Date of experience : June 09, 2020
Dreadful customer service. They tell you they reply in 12 hours but nothing, not even in 100 hours. I will cancel my order with them.EDIT I understand. I cant’t find a way to delete this review, therefore I will change my opinion to neutral. I don’t mind however, if this review is deleted.
Date of experience : June 14, 2021
Hello. Thank you for review. This page belongs to Independent company based in UK which is importing RichBit e-bikes. We are selling only via www.richbit.co.uk only to UK market. Please get in touch with us, If you are based in Spain I believe you have left review for a wrong company as we don’t sell outside UK.
I don’t usually write reviews but I really thought that I would make an exception for this cause I am genuinely impressed by the professionalism of customer service and the quality of the bike for the price. Bike: One single charge gives me around 40 miles range with a max speed of 24mph. Good bonus is that it includes a throttle mode if needed. I had the bike for 9 month now and so far, 300 miles and no problem apart from the kickstand which broke.Customer service: Very quick to respond to my questions patient (and god knows how many questions i ask them!). I did sent them an email including a video regarding the kickstand and they sent me a replacement which arrived within 3 days.Thanks so much again Richbit UK, you have made me a very happy customer!
Date of experience : June 28, 2021
Rich Bit 022 fat bike
I’ve had my RICHBIT fat tyre 022 bike now almost a month and totally loving it. The correspondence with RichBit UK has been excellent from pre purchase through to present, they’ve answered all my queries promptly, thoroughly and I’ve been extremely happy with both their service and product. They also gave me 100 voucher discount for ordering additional parts post purchase of the bike which I thought was very generous as their merchandise is already at sale prices. I would highly recommend dealing with these guys for your bike purchase / additional parts etc, Thanks RICHBIT great job
Date of experience : May 14, 2020
Stay well away
Stay well away. Paid for my bike 30 May. Was told 35 days. Arrived 90 days later missing some of the order and scratched. Worked for the first 100 miles of use and now not working. Emailed, Whatapp and used chat box to contact them. No response. Shame because its a great looking bike and when it worked loved it. Better to spend a bit extra and get a more local service.
Date of experience : September 29, 2022
The bike is amazing!
The bike is amazing!! performs as good as it looks. Took a little longer than expected to arrive but i was kept well informed. Well worth the wait, i can guarantee you won’t regret it thanks Richbit I’ll be recommending you to all my friends and colleagues thank you.
Lee hamer (one very happy customer. )
Date of experience : January 09, 2020
Not satisfied at all
Not satisfied at all. Waited 3 weeks for delivery only to find bike not working. contacted Richbit and after a couple of emails and photo’s Richbit said it was probably the control box or the led display unit that was faulty. no power at all going to the motor. They said they would send both items and expect me to fit them. Now there must be at least 30 wires coming from control box and im not comfy at all about having to install this item in case I make a mistake and damage the bike further. made it clear I wasn’t happy about this and asked for a refund instead. as you can imagine this fell upon deaf ears. Bought the bike thru Amazon so I have now asked Amazon for a refund still waiting for a response from them. It’s now been 7 weeks since I placed the order and all I got is a worthless bit of metal with big tyres, not happy at all.
Date of experience : August 24, 2020
Hello Ged, apologies for taking time to get back regarding this review, as we been out of business for a while. This page belongs to Independent company based in UK which is importing RichBit e-bikes. We are selling only via www.richbit.co.uk. The platforms on Amazon. Ebay richbit.com are run by manufacturer from China.
Good. but also terrible.
Ordered this bike early December. Arrived prior to Christmas but the front forks were broken.Emailed them and they said the would replace the forks, which they did. and arrived mid January. Fair enough, that time of year.The bike was excellent apart from not being able to engage the largest cog with the front derailleur.This was due, I was told, by to two bike businesses, that the bikes were not originally designed for fat tyres.I never ever used the small cog, and found that the middle cog was lacking in delivering enough power.Took my 4″ grinder to the derailleur today, cut the arm off and manually moved the chain to the big cog.Absolutely magic, It works like a dream now.Stuff the two smaller cogs, go with the big cog and use the pedal assist and it’s brilliant.But their after service if you have a real problem is dire.
Date of experience : April 10, 2022
Now I’m a satisfied customer! The problem has now been solved with the new battery. Looks like the poor communication was down to a member of staff being I’ll.
Firstly the bike is great value for money. Unfortunately mine had a battery that wouldn’t charge. At first the customer support was good they responded quickly and organised a replacement charger from China. This took 6 weeks to arrive but the problem seemed to be the battery. Again they responded quickly and said if I sent mine back they had stock that would be sent to me in return. I sent the battery next day delivery on the 19th June and informed them. Now 11 days later I have had no answer to 3 emails to them and no battery. I go on holiday for 3 weeks on Saturday and expected to have the battery in time or at least know when to expect it. I can’t get a telephone number to contact them and they don’t respond to emails. This is extremely poor service!
Date of experience : June 30, 2020
Thanks Richbit for providing me with…
Thanks Richbit for providing me with the a bike that I can actualy manage to ride and that gets me out again. I should elaberate o bit on that statement. I am a mature man pf some 83 years and now suffer from arthritis in both knees, as stated the bike has got me out of the house and I can enjoy going out for a ride with friends and I can now keep up with them. The quality of build and the paint job are very good too. A first class purchase and value for money, Im over the moon with the bike and the freedom it now affords me. John C
Date of experience : March 13, 2019
Look nice buy unfortunately I’ve had…
Look nice buy unfortunately I’ve had nothing but problems from day one. The design of the bike flawed and after a while your motor will rip out of the wheel. No after sales care to fix the problem. Don’t waste your money. Might be cheap and pretty but is a load of junk. Mine worked for less than 3 months and has now gone to scrap heap as can not be bothered to waste any more money on it. Replaced motor twice, controller 3 times and even the battery shorted out.I ordered on alibaba site. No point giving you my order number, I’ve been dealing with these clowns for a year. May I suggest you redesign the way the wheel attaches to the frame. Is dangerous. The parts I had replace were at my cost, besides the motor, which took me 4 months of arguing with them to get. No I won’t take it off here because my problem is with the design of the bike, so I’m warning potential buyers.
Date of experience : March 19, 2021
Hello John. We would like to apologise for this negative experience with your e-bike. Richbit AliExpress/Alibaba seller and RichBit UK are two separate and independent companies. This honest detailed review would be better suitable on Alibaba/AliExpress (the real seller’s account), as there are certain differences between e-bikes and customer service, just for example: where the e-bikes are assembled, or the grade of certain parts used.