It’s been kind of a quiet on the home front kind of summer. One boy is working all kinds of crazy hours and my girl is dancing from morning till night. That means I’m spending more time in my car than in the kitchen and more meals away from home (packed by me, but still, not many meals as a family). Half empty buckets …
What you can see (clockwise top to bottom):
- grapefruit rind
- raspberry herb teabags (for iced tea)
- squishy cherry tomato
- limp leaf lettuce leaves
- spent Abraham Darby roses
Even thought there’s not much in the bucket, that means that all the fruits and veggies from our farm share are being consumed and that’s a good thing! Clearly, the grapefruit was part of breakfast that included muesli and the veggies comprised the daily salad.
On a different note, do you wash your produce when you bring it home? When I shopped exclusively at the grocery store I would just unload the produce right into the fridge (or pantry). It’s all plastic wrapped or bagged and doesn’t require any immediate attention. Produce from the farm, on the other hand, requires a bit more immediate attention to make sure that everything stays fresh. So, I wash it all at the same time, they store away accordingly.
Basically, I fill the sink with cool water and toss in a cup of white vinegar (or a scant teaspoon of bleach if it seems super dirty), then soak and swish for about ten minutes. There is a surprising amount of dirt, and often tiny bugs, left floating in the water. Plain water alone is not quite enough to wash any residue from the produce. In addition to vinegar and bleach, hydrogen peroxide is an excellent wash additive, but it’s never in my kitchen when it’s veggie wash time, so ….
After the quick ten minute or so soak, I pull out the veggies, drain the sink, fill it one more time with cool water, immerse it all and then put it on the counter on towels to dry.
I toss in pretty much everything except onions and garlic and this method seems to keep everything fresher longer, with the added bonus that you can skip the wash step when you are trying to get a meal on the table. There is nothing I like better than crisp, clean lettuce ready to go!
Isn’t it all so pretty? And it was pretty delicious too!