Donna's #6

Tips & Tricks

Refrigeration

Roots and tubers have different climatic needs than your fridge can provide. If you want to get the longest shelf life of potatoes, turnips, carrots, and onions, don't be tempted to park them in the "vegetable drawer" next to your iceberg lettuce and baby spinach. Ideal conditions are cool and dry storage bins that prevent moisture from accumulating near the veggies. Until recent decades, it was common for homes to have a root cellar specifically for keeping potatoes and turnips fresh well into the winter months.
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How to Ripen Fruit

One of the benefits of buying produce in bulk is that you can allow certain batches to ripen more quickly than others and have perfectly ripe and sweet fruit at various points of the season. Or have you ever purchased fruits and been disappointed that they were unripe and too tart to eat?
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Freezing and Storing Nuts

Freezing nuts is as simple as loading them in a zip-top bag and dropping them in the freezer. One exception is dried peanuts. While green peanuts can be frozen directly in the shell, dried peanuts should be shelled prior to freezing, otherwise the moisture from the freezer permeates the hull. Frozen nuts can be kept up to an additional year!
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Recipe: Simple Creamer Potatoes

Here is a fast and simple side dish for any weeknight meal. Take several handfuls of the tiny Florida new red potatoes, often called creamer potatoes.
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Washing Fruits and Vegetables

If you want your produce to stay fresh as long as it can, avoid washing your produce immediately after you return from the market. Many species of fruit and vegetables, such as strawberries, grapes, and lettuce, begin to rot too quickly once exposed to washing.
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