Pitting an avocado neatly and safely can be a little more difficult than it may seem. Don’t ask me how i know, I just do… 🙂 But with a few simple steps and some safety measures, you’ll be able to remove the pit without making a complete mess of your beautiful avocado or running for the first aid kit….
Using canned beans is not only quick and easy, it is pretty much commonplace in American households. I always see dried beans in the supermarket and at specialty food stores and I, probably like many of you, passed them up for a quicker, more convenient option…canned beans. So I decided to find out for myself which of these two alternatives was: 1. better tasting, 2. better for you and 3. the most economical. I love beans, they make whatever you are eating a lot heartier and healthier, they are after all packed with fiber and iron. But let’s face it, no one is going to take the time to cook beans from scratch unless they taste better and are better for you. So lets find out……
Read this article on MSN today – have to admit, never heard of the trick for the berries! Going to give it a try, especially with raspberries, I feel like they are going bad before you even get home from the grocery store… click this link: Tips for storing summer produce and have a read!
Something as simple as using glass storage jars instead of the traditional plastic storage containers or Ziploc bags can make a big difference in how and where you store things in your kitchen. Not only are the jars nice to look at, they also help keep your food and spices fresh longer. I use them after I open a bag of rice, a box of granola or pasta, a can of Mandarin oranges or even for left overs like rice or broccoli. A variety of smaller jars come in handy for storing easy to reach portions of seasoning blends and salts and also to keep easy-to-use portions of flour, sugar, etc on hand so there is no need to break out the big bags every time you need a teaspoon. The jars are pretty inexpensive as well. Think Homegoods, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls. Here you will find a variety of sizes and shapes and colors at very affordable prices. When purchasing the hinged jars always check them over before buying. Look for jars that open and close smoothly and create a nice tight seal when closed. Jars with thicker wires tend to be more durable and better-looking as well. And always keep you eyes open if you go to garage or yard sales too. Look for and get a variety of sizes – you never know what you can use them for.
These colorful carrots that come in pale yellow, yellow, red, and purple are usually referred to as Rainbow Crunch Carrots. While many of these colors may seem unusual for us, the very first carrots that were grown in Afghanistan nearly 1,000 years ago were purple and yellow, not orange. They did not become orange until sometime in the 1500’s when Dutch carrot growers cross-bred pale yellow carrots with red carrots in honor of the House of Orange, the Dutch Royal Family.1 While they all have the basic carrot taste and texture, each color has its own slightly unique taste. In comparison to your run-of-the mill orange carrot the pale yellow and yellow have a milder flavor, while in contrast the purple has an earthier flavor and the red has a very sweet, almost sweet potato-“ish” flavor and a slightly softer texture as well. A quick way to bring out these simple, yet interesting flavors is as easy as oven-roasting the carrots with some olive oil, salt and pepper for about 25 minutes at 400°. When cooked together the flavors of each of the brightly colored beauties plays off of each other to create a tasty, unique, and fun dish. Enjoy.
Fun Food Facts: Carrots!
● Did you know that there is a Carrot Museum in the United Kingdom? Ok it’s a virtual museum, but still…
● Red carrots have extra lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes and is believed to lower blood pressure and help to reduce the risk of some cancers.2
● China is the world’s top carrot producer. 2
● The World’s Heaviest Carrot recorded in 1998 was 18.985 lbs!3 See World Record page here