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Lesson 57: Not everything has to be organic

When I first started making my own baby food, I went crazy trying to buy all organic, all the time. And then I realized that, not only was that not budget friendly, it also wasn’t necessary. If you, like most of us, are on a budget and need to prioritize your organic purchases, it’s easy to do so.

The “Dirty Dozen” (i.e., the top 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables)

I typically only buy organic fruits and vegetables from this list:

  • apples
  • celery
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • grapes
  • hot peppers
  • nectarines (imported)
  • peaches
  • potatoes
  • spinach
  • strawberries
  • sweet bell peppers

The “Clean 15”

These foods are generally considered safe to buy as non-organic:

  • asparagus
  • avocados
  • cabbage
  • cantaloupe
  • sweet corn
  • eggplant
  • grapefruit
  • kiwi
  • mangos
  • mushrooms
  • onionss
  • papayas
  • pineapples
  • sweet peas
  • sweet potatoes

I use the Dirty Dozen app on my iPhone. It’s a free and easy resource.

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