How to clean:PART 1 OF 2
The following process serves to ensure that the aforementioned vegetables are cleaned properly from infestation of aphids and thrips. Care must be taken to follow this process meticulously and with patience. Failure to do so may result in failure to remove insects.
1.Add cold water and sufficient amount of vegetable wash or other similar soapy solution to a clean sink that has already been plugged or other similar container. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water.
2.Place vegetables in water. Vegetables must be thoroughly agitated while assuring that entire vegetable has been immersed in the water.
3.Remove vegetables from water. All crevices and folds of the leaves must be opened while rinsing them one by one under a strong stream of water. This washing process should be done to both sides of the leaf.
NOTE: A vegetable spinner is recommended. The advantages are that the leaves will stay fresh and moist for a longer period of time and it will help free the leaves from insects.
4.For All leaves excluding Romaine: At least three large handfuls (larger quantities require more checking) from different areas of the bin must be checked over a light box to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Pay careful attention to the folds and crevices in the leaf where insects have been known to hold tight through several washings.
NOTE: If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf individually.
5.For Romaine: Each individual leaf must then be checked on both sides on a light box. Spot-checking is not adequate.
PART 2 OF 2
In addition to thrips and aphids, leaf miners are often found in the aforementioned vegetables. Leaf miners will leave visible trails that can be spotted on the leaf..
1.Take three large handfuls of product and place on a light box.
2.Check both sides of the leaf, focusing on sighting the trail.
3.If no insects are found, the rest may be processed without further checking.
4.If one or two insects are found in the initial handfuls, three more handfuls must be checked and the process repeated.
5.If three or more insects are found in the initial handfuls, ALL the leaves must be checked before further processing can take place.