COVID-19: Grocery Shopping and Take Out Food

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Mar 26, 2020

Most likely when/if we need to buy groceries we always wipe down the cart handles with an antiseptic wipe. However, how do you protect yourself when you bring those groceries into your home? I just viewed this video from a physician in Grand Rapids, Michigan who offers some suggestions. Perhaps you will not find all of these suggestions helpful or practical, but I learned a lot. Here is the link to this YouTube video,

@fiesty76 and @hopeful33250 click the Share link in the upper right corner of the video, then copy the link and paste it in an email or message to send it to someone. Hope this helps!

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@mayofeb2020

Unfortunately my garage is not attached to my condo, so leaving it outside is difficult because it's been raining. We do have rabbits and squirrels around. I used to have a family of possums living under my deck. I don't have the luxury of leaving any food outside for a few days!

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@mayofeb2020 When I had my groceries delivered she left them outside my door I live in a senior building but I had my Lysol wipes ready and wiped them down handles first then rest before I brought them in. Help any?

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My question is how to handle fresh produce. My daughter is sending me fresh veggies directly from local farmers. I'm going to have cauliflower, kale, bok choy, apples, oranges, and spinach. If they are not packed wrapped in plastic, do I have to wash them with soap and hot water? Would this ruin the veggies?

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@mayofeb2020 When I get fresh produce if its not organic I not only wash it good with water but put it in a white vinegar water solution for awhile then rinse it off I do this before I consume it . Strawberries need to soak in this solution for at least 15 minutes to get the pesticides off.

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@johnbishop

@fiesty76 and @hopeful33250 click the Share link in the upper right corner of the video, then copy the link and paste it in an email or message to send it to someone. Hope this helps!

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John, thank you so much for this help! I just ff'd your instructions and was able to copy your "share site" into a self-addr. e-mail to me. I really, really appreciate both your knowledge and all you frequently contribute to our connected group of friends. Thanks again!

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@lioness

@mayofeb2020 When I get fresh produce if its not organic I not only wash it good with water but put it in a white vinegar water solution for awhile then rinse it off I do this before I consume it . Strawberries need to soak in this solution for at least 15 minutes to get the pesticides off.

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Mayofeb, I've purchased my last fresh veggies and fruits for awhile. Absolutely just an oldie and no expert but I did wash/soak everything first in lukewarm, Dawn detergent water; rinsed in cool water; let it dry before storing. I am cooking fresh veggies and fruits just as a precaution hoping the cooking heat will further kill bacteria.

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@lioness

@mayofeb2020 When I get fresh produce if its not organic I not only wash it good with water but put it in a white vinegar water solution for awhile then rinse it off I do this before I consume it . Strawberries need to soak in this solution for at least 15 minutes to get the pesticides off.

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Good tips, @lioness, especially about the soaking of the strawberries.

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@johnbishop

@fiesty76 and @hopeful33250 click the Share link in the upper right corner of the video, then copy the link and paste it in an email or message to send it to someone. Hope this helps!

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@johnbishop
Thanks, John. I saw that "Share" but didn't know how it could be used. Once again you saved the day for those of us who are not high-techs!

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@hopeful33250

@johnbishop
Thanks, John. I saw that "Share" but didn't know how it could be used. Once again you saved the day for those of us who are not high-techs!

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Glad to help!

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@fiesty76

Mayofeb, I've purchased my last fresh veggies and fruits for awhile. Absolutely just an oldie and no expert but I did wash/soak everything first in lukewarm, Dawn detergent water; rinsed in cool water; let it dry before storing. I am cooking fresh veggies and fruits just as a precaution hoping the cooking heat will further kill bacteria.

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@feisty76 Heat kills Covid-19, so cooking any produce to at least 160F makes it safe. I think your practice of washing all produce is a good one – if you use soap, water (any temp) and friction (as in handwashing) on hard-skinned fruits – oranges, apples, bananas, etc it is safe to handle and eat. Still looking around for definitive answers on soft fruits and fresh greens – we have taken them off the menu for now. Our produce stands are open here (basically one-person, outdoor businesses, and friends shop them for all of us.) My friend says most greens and soft fruits and veggies aren't even being offered there now – so a lot of people must have quit buying out of caution. Looking forward to getting home where I can raise my own greens!
A final word – I have looked high and low, and there is no evidence that vinegar in any concentration is an effective disinfectant against Covid-19, even though I see recipes for it on the Internet every day. A few places I consider reliable, such as Consumer Reports and the World Economic Forum (both gather their info from many sources) specifically note that there is no evidence vinegar (acetic acid) kills coronaviruses.
Stay safe everyone, but continue to eat healthy!
Sue

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@fiesty76

Mayofeb, I've purchased my last fresh veggies and fruits for awhile. Absolutely just an oldie and no expert but I did wash/soak everything first in lukewarm, Dawn detergent water; rinsed in cool water; let it dry before storing. I am cooking fresh veggies and fruits just as a precaution hoping the cooking heat will further kill bacteria.

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@mayofeb You say your not buying anymore vegies or fruits that isn't good you won't be getting the nutrients you need . I hope this means your getting frozen instead

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@mayofeb2020

My question is how to handle fresh produce. My daughter is sending me fresh veggies directly from local farmers. I'm going to have cauliflower, kale, bok choy, apples, oranges, and spinach. If they are not packed wrapped in plastic, do I have to wash them with soap and hot water? Would this ruin the veggies?

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@mayofeb2020 A very good question! I looked it up several days ago because I was wondering, too. All the sites said to use soapy water. Most veggies/fruits can be washed ahead of time. Hope this helps

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