Watermelon Spears – How To Cut A Watermelon
We recently spent a few fun days at a family reunion. At one of the meals we had watermelon as I'm sure many people do at a large gathering. When I saw my kids eating it I thought, what a smart idea! Why didn't I think of this way to cut a watermelon? You know I love easy recipes so of course I would love this easy watermelon preparation and delivery.
Before we cut the watermelon we need to pick the best watermelon. When you walk into the grocery store or farmers market you will find ...
How To Select, Store and Freeze Broccoli
How To Select Broccoli
The florets should be tightly closed.
Broccoli should have a deep green color all over.
Stalks should be firm and slender.
Do NOT select those with yellow spots or yellow flowers.
How To Store Broccoli
Do not wash the broccoli.
Raw broccoli needs air circulation. Place broccoli in an open plastic bag.
Place in the fridge in crisper drawer.
It is best to use in 3-5 days but may last a week.
Wash only before use.
How To Freeze Broccoli
How To Select and Store Summer Squash
We are doing something a little different around here. Instead of random recipes we are going to give you one meal a week. Monday will be a teaching tool or tip relating to some part of the menu. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be three different components to the menu. Thursday will still be our Fantastic Thursday Linky party. Friday will be a craft or activity relating to the theme of the menu.
What is summer squash? Zucchini, yellow crook neck squash and yellow straight neck are the ...
Basil can stay green for a few hours!
I have always used the chopped basil immediately because it turns brown quickly and then doesn't look appealing. Basil leaves are delicate and bruise easily. When you cut basil you are creating surfaces to be exposed to air. The basil turns black because it is oxidizing, just like an apple. You cannot stop this process, but you can slow it down.
Using a chiffonade cut is one way to slow it down. A chiffonade cut makes the basil into ribbons. How do you create the ribbons? Choose sprigs ...
How to select, store, prepare and steam an ARTICHOKE
How do I select an artichoke?
The best way to choose an artichoke is to pick them up and ask yourself three questions.
Is it heavy? You want to select the heaviest.
When I squeeze it is it hard? You want the firmest with tight leaves that do not appear wrinkly or dehydrated.
What color is it? The bright green color is best. If it is slightly purple it is overripe. If there are brown patches or white sports the artichoke has been exposed to colder temperatures and frost. This will ...