The Washing Process


Appears in
The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Cuisine

By French Culinary Institute

Published 2021

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To wash (laver) is to eliminate impurities such as dirt, sand, insects, and insecticides from vegetables and herbs by submersion in cold water or by rinsing and scrubbing under cold, running water. Washing is important for aesthetic as well as sanitary reasons, especially when the vegetables and herbs are to be eaten raw, as these impurities are often unappetizing as well as unhealthy. Before washing, vegetables and herbs should be checked for freshness—any rotting leaves or vegetation will disintegrate in the washing process and contaminate the remaining product by clinging to it. It is suggested that you wash only the amount that you need.