When picking produce from the garden this season, I suggest that you pick into a mesh basket or colander—something with holes. Before you bring the produce into the house, give them a good rinse outside. Not only will this knock of a lot of the dirt and make it much easier for you when you start cleaning them at the kitchen sink, but you’ll also save water. I give mine a rinse over a 5 gallon bucket and then use that to water potted plants. Just make sure you use a rag or give them a good shake before you bring them inside, as you don’t want them to drip all over the floor.
I can’t tell you how much time this simple step saves me when I am prepping our veggies!