Fruits And Vegetables – Make Them Last Longer

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Store Fruits And Vegetables Without Using Any Plastic Products
Reworked, new information added – Original Post September 20, 2011 |

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Source: by angelbabe43 Storing fruits and Vegetables

These tips are from the Berkley Farmer’s Market which is a Zero Waste market!

Storing Vegetables
Always remove any tight bands from your vegetables or at least loosen them to allow them to breathe.
Artichokes – Place in an airtight container sealed, with light moisture.
Asparagus – Place them loosely in a glass or bowl upright with water at room temperature. (Will keep for a week outside the fridge)
Avocados – Place in a paper bag at room temp. To speed up their ripening, place an apple in the bag with them.
Arugula – Like lettuce, should not stay wet! Dunk in cold water and spin or lay flat to dry. Place dry arugula…

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Home Of The Free Because Of The Brave

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Rainy Day Blahs

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Healthy Harvest Recipe: Tabbouleh

This recipe makes a large salad, making it a great prep style food for lunches or dinner throughout the week. Ingredients: 2 cups bulgur 2 cups very hot water 1 cucumber, chopped 2 small tomatoes, chopped  (I omitted) 1 bunch green onions, (8) sliced  (I used red) 1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh chopped mint, to … Continue reading Healthy Harvest Recipe: Tabbouleh

Sugar on Snow – Winter’s Sweet Treat

A favorite tradition here in the Hudson Valley and throughout New York State is our Maple Sugar Festivals. Sugar houses open their doors and show the public how maple syrup is collected and made, as well as tasting the assortment of treats made with the sweet stuff. March 19-20 is the official Maple Sugar Weekend … Continue reading Sugar on Snow – Winter’s Sweet Treat

I Cannot Tell A Lie

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So how do you store all that amazing summer produce? Here’s how.

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Lori's drying of garlic, wheat and corn Lori’s drying of garlic, wheat and corn

Food preservation is always key and central to our summertime gardening efforts.  As new urban and rural homesteaders soon come to realize, all our produce of a common kind mature at near the same time.  Clearly, the summer-long sweat of our brow isn’t worth a mere week or two of eating an over-abundant supply of fresh fruit or vegetables.  It’s simply too much in too short a window of time.  Food preservation comes roaring in, second in priority and right on the heels of gardening’s first priority, which is learning how to plant a garden in the first place.  I’d truly encourage others to do what I did which is to take a rather in-depth food preservation course.  I took a 30 hour certification class through Cornell University’s cooperative education extension office.  Fabulous class that was.  Once I realized that I didn’t just…

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