Fresh This Week Tips, Week 11.7.10
Pink Lady Apples
STORE: Store in the crisper of your refrigerator for up to one month.
PREP: Just wash and eat (or use in your favorite recipe).
USE: Your Pink Lady apples are best for eating out of hand, using in pies or adding a sweet crunch to salads.
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STORE: Set your Concorde Pears in a bowl on the kitchen counter to ripen. To test for ripeness, gently push on the stem. If it gives a little, your pear is ready to eat. Once ripe, pears may be stored in the refrigerator.
PREP: Wash pears in cold water and keep them whole, slice them or chop them.
USE: The dense flesh of the Concorde pear makes it ideal for cooking since it holds its shape and flavor when baked, poached or used in jams. Concordes are also very slow to oxidize when cut, making them an excellent choice for salads.
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STO RE: Store wh ole cucu mbers, in a plastic bag in the refrigerator up to 10 days.
PREP: Wash thoroughly before using, peel (if desired) or cut into half moons, rounds or spears.
USE: Eat cucumbers raw, add them to salads, sandwiches, make a Greek tzatziki or pickle them. For a light lunch, make cucumber sandwiches: http://thepauperedchef.com/2006/02/cucumber_sandwi.html! Don’t forget to brew a pot of tea in true English fashion!
STORE: Store your leeks lightly wrapped in plastic wrap to contain odor and moisture. Don’t trim or wash them before storing. Keep them in the crisper of your refrigerator for up to one week.
PREP: World renowned chef, David Lebovitz shares photos and beautiful articulation to explain the process of preparing leeks: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/03/how-to-prepare-leeks-1/. We’ll let him take the stage! Enjoy!
USE: Leeks are related to the onion, yet have a milder, mellower taste. Use your leeks in any recipe that calls for onions. Try out this delicious and home-warming Smashed Potato and Leek Soup: http://www.klesickfamilyfarm.com/main/box-of-good/recipes/smashed-potato-and-leek-soup
STORE: Ripe tomatoes should be stored at room temperature and used within a few days. Never refrigerate tomatoes as the cold temperature kills the tomatoes’ flavor.
PREP: Cherry tomatoes are much smaller than regular tomatoes ranging from the size of a thumb tip to a golfball. Leave them whole, half or quarter your cherry tomatoes depending on your recipe or desired use.
USE: Cherry tomatoes can be tossed into a salad or grilled, baked or broiled and added to pastas, pizzas or eaten as a side dish. We suggest tossing your cherry tomatoes with a little minced garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice, putting them in a baking dish and letting them bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Baking your tomatoes will bring out the natural sweet flavor and provide a great base for simple dinner dishes.
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