How many of you have had to throw out, or thought you had to throw out, wilted veggies? I am not referring to veggies that are past due, but maybe it’s wilted lettuce that may have sat in your box a little longer than planned, soft carrots, flimsy kale or greens of any kind. The answer to this disappointment is a clean sink with very cold water
I do this regularly. I don’t eat all of my produce on the day I get it and sometimes I might forget about something sitting in my crisper. Not to worry!!! A cold water bath will revive the sleepiest of produce. Here’s how ya do it!
Step 1: Fill your kitchen sink with cold water. I would recommend cleaning with a super diluted bleach solution. Avoid using dish soap as the residue can stay on your produce and that will almost always equal bad things in the loo if you know what I mean!!
Step 3: Watch your produce crisp up and become like new! Yay!!!!!
Another trick I have learned through the years is to wash your greens; lettuce, kale, etc. first and then place in a zip lock with dry paper towels separating layers of your produce. This has helped keep my veggies fresh and crisp for a lot longer.
MY PRODUCE ISN’T RIPE!
Not to worry! I know when I get my produce I want to dive right in! Especially if there are peaches, mango’s, AVOCADOS, or apricots! These particular items sometimes come to us before they are ripe. Just leave it on your counter for a day or two, and that will allow it to continue ripening. If you find that your produce ripens too quickly and you aren’t ready to eat all of it at once, just pop it back in the fridge and that will slow the ripening process.
Keep in mind that organic food, by nature, is not going to keep as long as
conventionally grown produce and utilizing the refrigerator will help to give you more time to consume your goods.
MY BANANAS WENT BROWN BEFORE I COULD EAT THEM!!!
That doesn’t mean you can’t use them! When your bananas go brown throw them in the freezer and use them in the future in smoothies or to make banana bread…or even dog treats! Those bananas will continue to serve you for a good long time that way!
MY HERBS GO BAD SO FAST!!!
One of my favorite things to do with herbs/spices is to chop them up while fresh and put them in an ice cube tray. Then I take coconut oil or whatever your oil of choice is and cover the spices/herbs with them and freeze! Then when you are ready to use them you just pop one out and throw it in the pan and VOILA! All set! You can do this with your veggies too and freeze them for later use in smoothies!
We strive to make your experience with Casco Bay Organics as pleasurable and convenient as possible. We hope these tips help. If you have any tips to help your fellow foodies get the most out of their produce, share with us on Facebook! We might just use your tip for the TIP OF THE WEEK which will be introduced next week in our blog.
Happy eating to you all and see you on Thursday!