What Happens When You Wash Strawberries The “Proper” Way (16 pics + 3 videos)

Posted in PICTURES       21 May 2020       4770       12

TikTok users are posting videos that show us how to properly wash strawberries to get all the icky bugs and dirt out of them

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Loads of people are following the strawberry bug trend and sharing their own advice about washing berries

 

Here’s what the bugs look like from up close

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“I always ask my fan base for suggestions about what I should look at next and I’ve been getting a lot of comments about strawberries,” Thatnatchats told. “I believed they wanted to see the seeds up close so I was very surprised to find bugs when looking at strawberries under a stereomicroscope. I didn’t learn about how to properly wash the strawberries until my comment section became very fearful and asked how to wash them. Other people replied and I’ve heard salt water, vinegar, and many different methods I have never heard of before.”

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She said that she already had an audience of around 40k people from her past videos. However, Thatnatchats’ video about strawberries reached 2 million people on the very first day. “I was astonished that I had so many people seeing what I have seen. My family was taken back as well. When I went to school the next day, I had a couple of people approach me and say that they had no idea I was so popular on Tiktok. My fans jumped from 40k to 300k. It was crazy, to say the least, but everyone around me was very happy and proud that my passion for science and microscopes was being recognized.”

Thatnatchats explained that she completely understands the fear behind eating strawberries after finding out about the ‘truth,’ however, she also knows that it’s a natural thing. “These strawberries we eat grow out of the dirt and we shouldn’t avoid them. After all, I love strawberries! I do plan to try out all the methods of washing strawberries that TikTok has recommended.”

She added: “Nothing makes me happier to see a community such as Tiktok, coming together and sharing information. It’s like a family to me, really.”

 

You’ll see little critters show up if you soak your strawberries in salt water

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Some internet users suggest that you use cold water while others say that you should go for warm water for your berry-cleansing ‘ritual.’ Warm water makes more sense because salt will dissolve faster inside of it.

It’s not just bugs and dirt that we should be worried about. If the strawberries you bought aren’t organic but grown using pesticides, you’ll want to add some white vinegar to the water. That way, you’ll minimize the amount of chemicals you swallow.

At the end of the day, we’ve all been eating bugs for years and years—we just don’t think about it. You’ll find tiny pieces of insects everywhere, including in canned fruits and veggies.

Layla Eplett writes on the Scientific American Guest Blog that people on average ingest about “one to two pounds of flies, maggots, and other bugs each year without even knowing it.” While it’s unpleasant to think about, it’s harmless. After all, we’re still here, aren’t we? Just in case, though, wash your strawberries! Wash ‘em well.



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Abbie 5 month s ago
Ugh... there is massive disconnect between food sources and the perception of 'suitable for consumption' if this is a thing. We, as humans, are mostly not human due to the amount of bacteria and bugs living on and in us. Our food is no exception.
       
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Verna 5 month s ago
I bet she never ate fresh fruit directly from a plant.
Everything must be sterile and then wondering when allergies and other illnesses kick in.
       
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Pat 5 month s ago
Verna,

ya i was going to say if you go strawberry picking and don't come out of the field saying man i couldn't eat one more than you're doing it wrong.
       
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Judith 5 month s ago
hey man, bugs are a good source of protein
       
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CookieDevourer 5 month s ago
DEAR GOD! she forgot to irradiate them with gamma rays from Cobalt60 or at least keep them in ionized atmosphere for couple hours to make sure it's perfectly sterile and safe to eat /s
       
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Jerita 5 month s ago
People should really stop taking pictures with their Iphone...
       
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Salvador 5 month s ago
just eat the strawberries and STFU !
       
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Ronny 5 month s ago
People have been eating strawberries off the vine for centuries without this technique. This is just more fodder for the paranoid and fear inducers.
       
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Kenny 5 month s ago
If you eat strawberries the proper way you put em in ur butt.
       
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Doris 5 month s ago
Gotta pick em or grow em yourself. The store bought ones always taste like nothing despite the huge size. Stomach acid dissolves and kills off just about everything unless you take PPI's then you might have a problem, but not from strawberries. Sheesh.
       
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Madie 5 month s ago
I guess vegans aren't really vegans.
       
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Zed 5 month s ago
dip em in hot chocolate, ya wont even taste the bugs :)
       
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