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Now We’re Cooking: Tips For Buying Organic

This weekend, we know you’ll be in the kitchen. That’s why JET cooked up a way to spotlight celebrity chefs from around the country who will stop by and offer some practical advice to help you perfect your dishes and open your eyes to healthy ingredients. This week, Chef Cordell shares tips for buying organic ingredients.

Buying veggies

My farmers market and grocery store trips are filled with the excitement and joy of an addict whose “fix” is within reach.  I see food as medicine, and approach the produce section as a pharmacy filled with a cornucopia of natural remedies to the body’s ills.

For a lot of us, however, budget constraints can make it difficult to immediately transition to a completely organic diet. But there are certain items that are absolutely necessary to buy organic, as the levels of chemicals used to produce these foods are considered to be dangerous to our health.

Conversely, there are also certain items that aren’t as necessary to purchase organically. Overall, look to buy organically as much as possible; pay a few more bucks and save lots more in rising medical costs later.

Produce that should be purchased organically:

Apples
Celery
Cherry tomatoes
Coffee
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers
Collards and kale
Summer squash and zucchini

Produce that is safer to purchase conventionally:

Asparagus
Avocado
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangoes
Mushrooms
Onions
Papayas (except “Rainbow”)
Pineapples
Sweet peas (frozen)
Sweet potatoes

NATURAL VEGGIE & FRUIT WASH

3 parts distilled water

1 part apple cider vinegar

Mix together and put it in a spray bottle. Mist the produce, let sit for a couple minutes, scrub and rinse under cold water. For produce with crevices (apples, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.), soak it for a few minutes, scrub then rinse.

More About the Chef:

Chef Cordell passionately pursues educating others how to build healthy cooking and eating habits for life via cooking classes, grocery store tours, kitchen makeovers, public speaking, corporate wellness training, restaurant consulting, etc. Through his nonprofit work, he looks to offer community based solutions for education of,  and access to, healthier food solutions. 

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