Friday, January 15, 2010

Kitchen Tool of the Week...

Knowledge.

Wonder if it's really necessary to buy organic? Is it really worth the extra cost? Well, with some things it seems it is. According to the Environmental Working Group {EWG}, some of the conventional produce you could be purchasing can contain up to nine different kinds of pesticides per serving. And, that is after being washed & peeled. Scary.
I certainly don't want to serve these to my family. So, I find having the knowledge about what's best for them, helps me avoid the things that are not. The EWG has released two lists...one for the cleanest fruit & veggie options out there {or the ones with no pesticide residues} & one for the worst.
They even have an iPhone app for the list...an easy way to keep it handy while out shopping.

The Dirty Dozen: buy organic whenever possible
apples
bell peppers
celery
cherries
nectarines
strawberries
kale
lettuce
imported grapes
carrots
pears

The Clean 15: safe to buy conventional
onion
avocado
sweet corn
pineapple
mango
asparagus
sweet peas
kiwi
cabbage
eggplant
papaya
watermelon
broccoli
tomato
sweet potato

(photos from martha stewart living magazine)

6 comments:

meg said...

thanks! that's a handy list. where do you shop for organic produce in the winter around here? without farmers markets, i usually go to mrs greens and i'm psyched about the new whole foods in darien, but wondering where you shop.

kate said...

hey meg~
i mostly shop @ whole foods in westport for organic produce. i also like the new fresh market in westport. but, that's a hike for you!
have you ever shopped at walter stewart's in new canaan? they have an amazing produce department. the best around here. and, a bit closer for you, i think?

meg said...

thanks... i'll check out walter stewarts!

Suzy said...

Ah ha! Thanks Katie!

Restaurang said...

great

Restaurang said...

thanks...its cool..

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