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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Storing Produce

June 9, 2015

 

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Summer time is produce time. Our cravings turn to green market fresh vegetables, and cool juicy fruits which grow at this time of year. What happens when the abundance of the season gets wilted and moldy before we have a chance to enjoy it?

Here are a few tips to keeping produce fresh:

Buy the freshest fruits and vegetables you can find. The farmer’s markets are a great source, since the produce is local and comes to us directly from the farm, rather than traveling for a week before it gets out on the floor of the grocery store. The fresher it is at the time of purchase, the longer it will last.

Keep produce dry. Many experts suggest washing and thouroughly drying fruits and vegetables, and storing them wrapped in paper towels to absorb any additional moisture. Strawberries can be either be washed and hulled before storing in an airtight container, or can be laid on paper towels in a single layer in the refrigerator, for those lucky enough to have the real estate.

Certain foods give off ethanol, which causes food to ripen. Keep those ripe bananas away from other fruits and vegetables, to keep them from over ripening and molding. Avocados are a prime candidate for going from rock hard to mush, missing that window when they are at their peak.

One bad apple, (or tomato, berry etc.) can spoil the whole bunch. Pick through and toss any soft or moldy items and rinse the rest well to keep it from spreading.

When the week is nearing an end, and there are lots of leftover vegetables sitting in the refrigerator ready to “kick the bucket” at any time, try making soup. Saute a diced onion in butter or olive oil. Add diced vegetables, and quickly brown them. Cover with broth ( vegetable or chicken) and simmer until they are soft. Season with salt and pepper, and herbs of your choice. Puree until smooth, and enjoy!

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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Avocado Ripeness

May 12, 2015

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We love avocados. They taste great, and they provide a dose of healthy nutrients, such as potassium, folate and vitamin C, among many others.
The monounsaturated oleic acid in them is heart healthy, and can help lower triglycerides and cholesterol.
When shopping for avocados, it is important to find them when they are perfectly ripe. It is often frustrating to go through a pile at the produce market only to find them hard as a rock, or so soft they are practically guacamole already!

We know the hard ones need a little more time, but what about the soft-ish ones that disappont us when we cut them, only to find them riddled with dark spots? Those are over ripe, and past their prime.

How do you tell when it is “just right?” Here is an easy trick to assess the ripeness of an avocado without cutting into it.

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First of all, squeeze it gently. The flesh should yield slightly, but not be too soft, or too hard.

Next,take the little brown nob at the top of the avocado and flick it off. If it is hard to remove, the avocado isn’t ripe yet. Leave it ripen for a couple of days and you’re good to go.

If it comes off easily but reveals a dark spot underneath, it is over-ripe. Leave this one behind.

If it comes off easily, and there is a beautiful green hue peeking out at you, you have found perfection! That means the avocado should be green and unblemished inside. Bring this one home and enjoy it!

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