Fruit In Skills
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10 Tips for Organizing an Apple-Picking Outing with Kids
The changing seasons are always magical, but something about the transition from blistering-hot summer afternoons to cooler fall days triggers a boost of energy in our family. Suddenly we’re itching to get out into nature and run wild. Along with pickle-making and our chicken harvest, apple picking is pretty much the only thing on our Fall Family Bucket List that we follow through with every year.
May 1, 2019
Apple Marshmallow Teeth
It’s hard to find wholesome treats among the chocolate, candy corn, and gummy candies that fill the Halloween season — but here’s one that still keeps the sweetness intact. Thanks to apples and nut butter, this fun-looking (and better-tasting) marshmallow treat is something that won’t make your teeth hurt from being too sweet. If you still have apples leftover from that apple-picking outing, here’s a unique way to use them.
May 1, 2019
Halloween Fruit Skewers
Everything is better on a stick, including fruit (and marshmallows, of course, but you already knew that, thanks to s’mores). These colorful skewers are a fun snack for Halloween and a nice change from all the candy bars that are happening this time of year. Grab some wooden or bamboo skewers. Thread large black grapes, large marshmallows, and peeled orange segments onto them, alternating until you can’t fit anymore.
May 1, 2019
Instantly Upgrade Basic Muffin Mix with Sliced Strawberries
If blueberry muffins are your breakfast kryptonite, just wait until you taste what happens when you swap in strawberries. We’re starting with our basic muffin recipe and giving it a boost with a fresh twist on berry muffins. You already know blueberries are a hit — now it’s time to bring fresh strawberries into the equation. Strawberries grow tender and sweet after some time in the oven; their natural sugars concentrate so you get a sweet fruit pop with every bite of muffin.
May 1, 2019
Instantly Upgrade Basic Muffin Mix with Shredded Carrot and Raisins
Wish you could eat carrot cake for breakfast? Muffins make it possible. Start with our basic, built-for-customizing recipe for muffins and then add a few key ingredients like shredded carrots and raisins to get you there. We’re starting with our basic muffin recipe and mixing it up with all the things you expect from your favorite carrot cake — soft, shredded carrots, plump raisins, and the warmth of ground cinnamon.
May 1, 2019
What’s the Difference Between Applesauce and Apple Butter?
When apples are in season, it’s practically our duty to eat them in every form: out of hand; in pie, crisp, or cake; and in the form of applesauce and apple butter. The latter two may look similar on the surface — soft and spoonable — but they are pretty different characters. Here’s how.
May 1, 2019
7 Ways to Use Leftover Apple Peels
You're going to want to hold on to that mountain of apple peels!
May 1, 2019
5 New Apples to Try This Fall
The first chilly days of fall carry a whole lot of excitement around apples — whether you’re picking your own or gathering them at the farmers market — yet after you’ve snacked on and baked with your first bushel, fruit fatigue can set in. You reach a point later in the season when you just can’t look at another McIntosh or Honeycrisp. Luckily you don’t have to, since there are well over a hundred varieties of commercially grown apples to try.
May 1, 2019
The Best Way to Eat Citrus for Breakfast
As if like a balm to the drop in temperatures and endless snowy days, the winter season also ushers in a wave of glorious citrus. We love a good grapefruit just like everyone else, but from time to time we like to give citrus a sparkling upgrade for breakfast by poaching it and using it to top everything from waffles and pancakes to your bowl of oats. Perhaps you’ve poached other fruits, like pears, before.
May 1, 2019
Pick a Perfect Crate of Clementines: Our 7 Tips to Help You Out
It’s that glorious time of year you’ve been waiting for, when crates of snack-friendly clementines are stacked up tall all around the produce section. Instead of just picking up the crate at the top of the pile, here are seven things to check for to ensure you bring home the best box of clementines. As with many things in life, timing is everything when it comes to buying clementines.
May 1, 2019
10 Things to Pair with Clementines for a Winning Snack
Come December, we’d wager every lunch box has a clementine or two tucked inside of them. Alone they are a near-perfect snack, packaged by nature to require no extra containers, and thin-skinned and easy to peel for little hands. When you add an extra ingredient to the mix, clementines become a snack-time superstar. From chocolate to nuts, here’s how to turn your clementines into a winning snack.
May 1, 2019
Do You Know This Tip for Taking Out Pomegranate Seeds?
I love the pop of sweet, tart juice you get from biting into a handful of pomegranate seeds, but I rarely get the pleasure since de-seeding the red orbs can be a bit of a chore. Luckily, there are a handful of tips and tricks to accomplish it with ease. I’ve tried almost all of them, but I’ve found this one to be the best. First, you’ll want to cut a 1/4-inch off the top stem so the fruit stands flat.
May 1, 2019
Do This Before Adding Sturdier Fruits and Veggies to Smoothies
Firm and sturdy fruits and vegetables, like carrots and beets, are one of the simplest ways to give your morning smoothie a colorful reboot — especially in the winter when they’re readily available and filled with sweet, earthy aromas that make your smoothie feel cheery. But instead of popping them straight into the blender, you’ll want to take a minute or two to tackle their texture.
May 1, 2019
Hey, Don’t Forget to Pick Up Some Meyer Lemons While They’re in Season!
Hi, Kitchn readers! This is just a check-in to make sure you’re getting your fill of all the gorgeous winter citrus still bubbling up at the market. In the dark din of winter, with so little produce at its best, winter citrus is a sparkling oasis. Over the years we shared a number of stunning winter citrus recipes but these from Elizabeth over at Brooklyn Supper are some of my favorite so that collection is a good place to start.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry Cucumber Mocktail
Inspired by the British summertime classic, this tall, fizzy drink is meant for sipping on warm, lazy afternoons. We mixed up a non-boozy version that skips the classic Pimm’s, but brings together lots of lemony effervescence, cucumbers, and fresh strawberries.
May 1, 2019
What’s Date Sugar, and How Do You Use It?
Dates seem to be having their time in the superfood spotlight. Full of potassium, iron, B vitamins, and fiber, this sweet fruit is being churned into paste and syrup, and even being dried and turned into sugar. Does date sugar rival its granulated counterparts when it comes to baked goods, and does it hold the same nutritional power as whole dates? We did some digging to learn all about how date sugar is made and how we can (and cannot) use date sugar in the kitchen.
May 1, 2019
The Water-Infused Brand of Fruit I’m Obsessed With
Dried fruit is an actual obsession of mine. I’m one of those annoying people who eats fruit for dessert. It’s not that I don’t love chocolate or cake — I do, very much so — but I try to keep the added sugar low these days, and dried fruit is my raging sweet tooth’s saving grace. I’m also extraordinarily picky, especially with food, and most dried fruit has added sugar and/or the texture of a tire. This puts me in a predicament.
May 1, 2019
Pair Dates with These Foods for a Delicious Snack
Sticky, sweet dates have many wonderful uses. They can be chopped up for a salad, blended into a smoothie, or even made into caramels. They don’t, however, actually need that much fussing to be enjoyed. All on their own, they make for a pretty good snack. Add just one more ingredient to the equation and you’ve got a snack that’s truly great. Even better, you don’t need to go out of your way to buy anything special.
May 1, 2019
6 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Fruit Cobbler
Cobbler is one of those scrappy recipes beloved for its ability to transform fresh fruit and pantry staples into a well-loved dessert, while simultaneously being un-screw-up-able. Although, like many casual desserts, cobbler can be mastered or ruined by just a few key choices. Today, we’re going to tackle the six most common things you shouldn’t do so your cobbler turns out beautifully every time.
May 1, 2019
Those Viral Pink Pineapples Aren’t What You Think
Del Monte Fresh Produce has been playing around with a strain of pineapples since 2005 that changed the fruit’s color and flavor. Their patented work has manifested in sweeter pineapples that are also pink in color. The genetically engineered pineapple received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last December and is now making its presence known on social media. Grown in Costa Rica, the pineapples have been named Rosé Pineapples by the company.
May 1, 2019
Why Is Peach Skin Fuzzy?
With peach season nearly upon us, it’s time to finally answer the question that crosses my mind every year: Why are peaches coated with a soft fuzz? If you’ve ever eaten a fresh peach, I’m sure you’ve wondered the same. It’s time to finally put your curiosity to rest, because I have the answer for you.
May 1, 2019
Make This the Summer You Finally Pick a Perfect Peach: How to Pick a Peach
It’s nice to have goals to work towards; it’s even better when they begin as fantasies of perfection. Picking the perfect peach is one such goal whose roots begin in our collective imagination. But the perfect peach, with its custardy sweetness and scent that smells like sugar and sun, isn’t so much fantasy as it is elusive. They do exist, however, and you can find them, but like most hidden treasure, you have to know when and where to look, and you have to be a little patient.
May 1, 2019
The Easiest Way to Pit a Peach
When it comes to getting peaches off the pit, there are a few different methods that get the job done. Proceed with caution, though, because not all methods are created equal. There’s truly an easier way to get the job done, and this is it. Pitting peaches is easy. There are no fancy tools or unitaskers required — just a sharp paring knife. The easiest way to free the pit is by cutting into the fruit until you hit the pit.
May 1, 2019
Why Frozen Peaches Are Better than Fresh
Here’s the secret no Southern cook wants you to know: As much pride as we have for our state’s peaches, we all have a bag (or more) of frozen peaches hidden away in the deep freeze. Yes, a peak-season peach is worthy of songs and stories of longing, but frozen peaches are a steadfast staple of Southern cooks in the know. First of all, let me be clear that I’m talking about frozen peaches, not canned peaches.
May 1, 2019
The Best Way to Store Cut Watermelon
If you follow the golden rule of watermelon prep — cutting just the amount you need — you will likely need to store a larger piece of cut watermelon, in addition to all the bite-sized pieces that were cut up. Here’s the best way to do it. The best way to store any piece of cut melon, regardless of the size, is wrapping the cut end with plastic wrap and storing it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
May 1, 2019
10 Glorious Ways to Eat Your Weight in Melon
If, like me, your mission every summer is to eat as much sweet, juicy melon as humanly possible, then there’s no reason to stop now. Summer’s not over and there’s still a lot of fresh melon to be had. If you’ve had your fill of eating those thick-cut slices of watermelon out of hand, know that there are still a lot of ways to put one of summer’s sweetest fruits to work.
May 1, 2019
Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: Peach-Raspberry Smoothie
If you want to start your day with the sweet taste of summer all year long, these frozen peach-raspberry smoothie kits are always a good place to start. Sunny stone fruit and jewel-toned berries are partnered with a surprising ingredient (hint: it’s a vegetable) for a subtly sweet smoothie with an extra-creamy texture. This kit comes together with peaches, raspberries, and cauliflower, plus a liquid of your choice when it’s time to blend. Here’s what you’ll need.
May 1, 2019
Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: PB&J Smoothie
Reminiscent of the childhood classic we all love, this creamy smoothie treats you to the fruity, nutty flavors that make the PB&J such an enduring favorite. Each smoothie pack is filled with cherries and strawberries for sweet, jammy flavor, plus sliced banana for extra creaminess. We’re adding the peanut butter to the bag to keep it classic, but why not go a little off course with almond or cashew butter for a cool smoothie that will not disappoint?
May 1, 2019
Wait, What Is Nice Cream?
My first experience with “nice” ice cream was 10 years ago on a family vacation in Hawaii. The hotel served some type of magical dairy-free pineapple soft-serve, and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how they made it. So I ate as much of it as I could before the trip was over, then promptly resumed my nightly Graeter’s habit upon our return home to Cincinnati. I figured the magical stuff could only be created in the tropical oasis that is Maui.
May 1, 2019
This Pro Trick Keeps Apples from Browning (Nope Not Lemons!)
One of the biggest challenges of packing my kids’ school lunches is seeing — and cleaning up — the food that comes back home. Not only is it a major bummer to see the food go to waste, but it also leaves me wondering if my kids spent the afternoon hungry. Sliced apples — beloved by my kids at home — used to always come back in their lunch boxes uneaten.
May 1, 2019
The Surprising Spice That Will Make Your Summer Tomatoes Mind-Blowingly Delicious
By now, you’ve likely eaten tomatoes every which way this summer. Maybe you’ve enjoyed them on toast, in a caprese salad, with pasta, or in pie. But there’s one way you likely haven’t enjoyed them, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate their juicy sweetness as the season begins to draw to a close. Try pairing summer tomatoes with a pinch of ground cinnamon (yes, cinnamon!). Let us explain why.
May 1, 2019
What to Know About Pairing Chocolate & Fruit
When you think of chocolate and fruit, chocolate-covered strawberries are probably the very first thing that come to mind. It’s hard not to love the treat, whether you splurge at the Godiva store at the mall or you make them yourself for someone you love. That’s really just the beginning when it comes to enjoying chocolate and fruit together, though.
Apr 30, 2019
The One Thing You Must Do with Citrus Before the Season’s Over
Despite how much I truly dislike winter, there’s always been one big silver lining: all the amazing citrus. I basically stuff myself with in-season oranges, grapefruit, and lemons from January through March in an effort to bring a bit of sunshine to these cold, dark days.
Apr 30, 2019
How to Quickly Fix Grapefruit That’s Too Bitter or Sour
I grew up in a grapefruit-loving household. We’d eat it so frequently through the winter months that went I left for college, I packed along one of our serrated grapefruit spoons to be certain I’d easily be able to keep the tradition in my dorm room. So it was most definitely news to me when I realized not everyone adores the bitter citrus as much as my family does.
Apr 30, 2019
The Internet Lost Its Mind Over This Pineapple Trick
When I think of getting trapped on a desert island, I think to myself: it can’t be that bad. Well, ignoring the obvious dangers of no access to clean water or protein, and having to deal with wild animals who would love nothing more than to treat themselves to an exotic dinner (you), there could be benefits. Right? If you find yourself on one of the more fruitful islands, perhaps off Hawaii in some yet uncharted place, you could have fresh fruits like mangoes, coconut, and pineapple.
Apr 30, 2019
Apparently These Bananas Taste Just Like Ice Cream
If you thought bananas were only good for slicing over some cereal or added to a smoothie for a thickener, then you are wrong, my friends. So very wrong. Bananas are made for dessert, like in pudding and cream pies! As if to prove this point even further, we just heard about the Blue Java banana, which is this beautifully-hued banana which grows mostly in Asia, Australia, and Hawaii.
Apr 30, 2019
The One Ingredient That Will Make Your Fruit Salad Amazing
A really good fruit salad can be a truly special treat. Light and refreshing, it is so simple to pull together yet has the power to be the star of your brunch, potluck, and even dessert spread. While choosing the right fruits to add to the bowl will certainly help when you want to whip up a crowd-pleaser, the real key to amazing fruit salad doesn’t come from the produce aisle.
Aug 24, 2018
The Best Way to Pick the Perfect Hand of Bananas
Unlike berries, stone fruit, and apples, which hit their peak at specific times of the year, you can pick up a bunch of bananas just about any time and taste the same sweet, creamy bite. The trick is knowing how to pick the best hand (another word for bunch) of bananas from the grocery store, and these five tips will make it a whole lot easier. Relying on visual cues is the best way to pick the perfect hand of bananas.
Aug 15, 2018
25+ Ways to Stop Wasting Ugly, Bruised, and Dying Produce
Summer produce brings to mind plump, juicy tomatoes, perfectly round peaches and plums, and overflowing bundles of vibrant green herbs. But you know what’s just as delicious as a picture-perfect peach? A slightly bruised or misshapen one, puréed into a smoothie, sliced into wedges and nestled into cake batter, or stewed into a sweet peach jam. Supermarkets often reject “ugly” or “imperfect” produce because it doesn’t meet their display standards.
Aug 10, 2018
7 Surprising Things to Do with Frozen Fruit Beyond Making Smoothies
The freezer is such a treasure chest of kitchen delights. I reach into my own for frozen vegetables to get dinner done in a pinch, ice for cold brew and boo-boos alike, and frozen fruit like berries, cherries, and peaches (yes, even in the height of summer!). And yet, I’m not making smoothies every day. No, I’m using frozen fruit for everything from dessert to dinner in a few surprising ways that makes these frozen gems worth their weight in gold.
Jul 13, 2018
5 Things You Should Never Do When Making Banana Ice Cream
This summer we think you should give banana ice cream, also known as nice cream, a try. Why? Well, for one it’s the easiest freezer treat that you can make without an ice cream maker. Nice cream is also full of fruit, easily customizable, and so dang delicious you’ll be eating it for breakfast too.
Jun 22, 2018
5 Things to Know About Rhubarb
I wait all year long for the arrival of rhubarb — it’s easily one of my most favorite signs of spring. Yet, as well-loved as it is, rhubarb tends to be a little misunderstood. There’s a lot of mystery behind those funny-looking, pink celery-esque stalks. Here’s what you should know. While it’s most commonly paired with strawberries, rhubarb actually isn’t a fruit. It’s technically a vegetable and is in the same family as sorrel.
May 11, 2018
Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs: Mango-Orange Smoothie
If you are as excited about the imminent return of citrus season as I am, you’re going to want to stock up and keep these bright smoothie packs on repeat for as long as possible. Sweet orange segments are paired with tropical mango for a big punch of vitamin C, plus banana for a cool, creamy finish. This kit comes together with a trio of fruit, a hit of greens, plus a liquid of your choice when it’s time to blend. Here’s what you’ll need.
Sep 27, 2017
What You Need to Know to Pick the Best Melon at the Market
Unlike stone fruits and berries, which greet you with their sweet fragrance and have easy-to-examine flesh, buying a watermelon can feel like a leap of faith when you don’t know what to look for. Instead of just picking up the melon at the top of the pile, here are five things to check for to ensure you bring home a juicy, flavorful watermelon.
Aug 4, 2017
Sour Cherries Are the Rare and Beloved Fruit of Summer. Here’s Where to Find Them.
Sour cherries are one of my most eagerly awaited fresh fruits of the summer. Thin-skinned and tart, they aren’t really best for eating out of hand. We who love them use them as creatively and quickly as we can, putting their bright, acidic hit to good use in jams, cakes, pies, cocktails, and even in the occasional savory dish. Picture your classic cherry pie, bright-red and glowing with orbs of juicy fruit. Well, you’ve just pictured sour cherries.
Jul 26, 2017
These Are the Cities That Consume the Most Berries
Berry intake is on the rise and it may have a thing or two to do with their “superfood” status. Blueberries and raspberries, in particular, are applauded for their nutritional value. So it’s not too surprising that data from the United States Department of Agriculture found the per capita consumption of blueberries went up by 411 percent from 2000 to 2012, 475 percent for raspberries, and even 60 percent for strawberries.
Jul 12, 2017
When You Should Use Frozen Fruit in Your Baked Desserts
The second summer hits, it feels like a rush to the farmers market to stock up on berries, melons, and stone fruits galore. But when it comes to baking up sweet treats, you might want to reconsider reaching for fresh. Not only is it easy to swap frozen for fresh in most recipes, but frozen fruit also typically works just as well as, if not better than, its fresh counterpart. Here are three times when frozen fruit is better than fresh for baking.
Jul 7, 2017
The Best Way to Store Cobblers and Crumbles So They Stay Crisp
Some might argue that the very best part of summertime cobblers, crisps, and crumbles is the sweet and jammy fruit filling, but I firmly believe it’s the crispy topping that makes it complete. The crunchy bite of oat-loaded crumbles and the delicate crackle of a cobbler’s biscuits are a huge part of the appeal.
Jul 5, 2017
Here’s How to Pick the Best Carton of Strawberries
There isn’t really anything sweeter than the arrival of strawberry season. For me, it not only marks the arrival of fresh fruit after a long, cold winter of imported citrus and cellared apples, but it’s also the kickoff to all the berries and stone fruit that’s soon to arrive. Now’s the time to binge on cartons of strawberries until your fingers are stained and your belly is stuffed. Here’s how to buy the best of the best, because the season is too short not to.
Jun 17, 2017
10 Delicious Ways to Get Your Strawberry-Rhubarb Fix
There are few fruity combinations that scream summer quite as profoundly as tart rhubarb balanced by sweet strawberries. It’s a quintessential pairing I look forward to every year as the early days of summer near, and my tastebuds water just thinking about it. From the classics to new favorites, here are 10 absolutely delicious ways to get your strawberry-rhubarb fix this summer.
Jun 14, 2017
3 Ways to Use Dates as a Substitute for White Sugar
Dates are a powerhouse sweetener. Not only are they naturally high in sugar and fiber, but their sweetness also has distinct caramel-like flavor that just cannot be replicated. However, when it comes to replacing dates for white sugar in cooking and baking, a simple one-for-one swap isn’t always possible. But dates can be manipulated into a few baking-friendly forms and replace white sugar in everything from salad dressing to cookies.
Jun 13, 2017
4 Ways to Make Bland Strawberries a Lot Sweeter
Even when you know just what to look for when picking out a carton of strawberries, there is no true guarantee for that sweet, juicy flavor you expect from prime summer berries. If you’re faced with bland berries, fear not — there is still hope. Here are four easy ways to make bland strawberries a whole lot sweeter. The quickest, easiest path to sweeter strawberries is tossing them with a spoonful of sugar (or sugar substitute, if you prefer).
Jun 6, 2017
This Is Why Peaches Are Going to Cost More This Summer
The prices for peaches are on the rise after Georgia lost roughly 80 percent of its crop this year due to irregular weather. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a warm winter, coupled with a hard freeze this spring, resulted in a bulk of peach crop dying this year in the South. Georgia produced 43,000 tons of peaches last year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, and this year the state’s output may be a quarter of that.
Jun 2, 2017
An Obvious but Helpful Primer on Prepping Strawberries
It’s early June, which means one thing: Strawberry season is here! This time of year, I can’t get enough of these deeply flavored, rich berries. I love them so much, I can barely wait until I get home from the farmers market to gobble them up — but I know that to truly get the most out of my berry haul, they need a little bit of prep work. You’ve probably done this before, but a quick refresher never hurt.
Jun 1, 2017
The Best Part of Strawberry Season May Be This Louisiana Beer
My sister went to college at Tulane University in New Orleans. Each summer she’d come home bragging about the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, a weekend-long, mystical-sounding party of music, games, rides, and, of course, strawberries. I was always envious of this celebration, but on the plus side I have her to thank for learning about what is now one of my very favorite parts of strawberry season: strawberry beer, specifically Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager.
Jun 1, 2017
The One Thing I Always Do When Sweetening My Smoothie with Dates
I know fruit smoothies can be plenty sweet on their own, but I like a little something more. My sweetener of choice is dates. They add the extra sweetness I crave along with subtle notes of rich caramel, and I feel good knowing I’m satisfying my sweet tooth with something wholesome. These dried fruits have also changed the way I make smoothies. When I toss dates into my smoothies, there’s always one thing I do first to guarantee the smoothest drink possible. Can you guess what it is?
May 26, 2017
This Is the Best Way to Revive Stale Dates
If you’ve ever brought a package of dates home, on at least one occasion you’ve probably pulled them out to find them looking kind of crystallized on the outside and way more firm than you remember. Am I right? Here’s the thing about dates — these sweet fruits continue to dry out (and eventually harden up) as they age. It happens when they’re stored properly, and even faster when they’re not.
May 24, 2017
What Are Ataulfo Mangoes?
Sometimes when people ask me what I do for fun, I tell them I go to the grocery store. It’s probably the fastest way to get a skeptical eyebrow lifted in your direction, but with all those aisles, all that produce, and all those labels to read, it’s true! And I’m not alone in my affection.
Apr 4, 2017
A Hearty Fruit Salad Is What You Should Eat Instead of a Smoothie Bowl
Regardless of whether you love a smoothie bowl or think that this tasty trend should end, tucking into a nourishing bowl of something other than cold cereal or warm oatmeal is sometimes just the thing you need to start your day off right. Enter: the hearty fruit salad. Think of this as a grain bowl meets fruit salad, with enough whole grains and fresh fruit to keep you full until lunch and a punchy vinaigrette gilding the whole thing.
Jan 18, 2017
Discover a Better Way to Eat Fruit for Breakfast
This year we’re bringing grains to the breakfast bowl with the help of your everyday fruit salad. Together with a choice combination of fruit and grains — be it quinoa, barley, or farro — you can transform a light fruit salad into a hearty, one-bowl meal satisfying enough for breakfast, lunch, and yes, even dinner.
Jan 16, 2017
Stop! Don’t Throw Out Your Clementine Peels Just Yet.
It’s true that the sweet segments of a clementine are the main attraction, and the whole reason for buying crate after crate of these winter beauties. Don’t discount the peels, though — they come with big (and sometimes unexpected) potential, and deserve to be saved. Think of clementines (and really, all citrus) as a two-for-one deal. Obviously you’re in it for those sweet and juicy segments, but the peel is pretty valuable too.
Nov 28, 2016
Is This Really the Best Way to Cut a Lime for the Most Juice?
Trying to get the most juice out of limes can be tough. We have a whole bunch of tricks on the site for how to get the job done, including rolling limes and putting them in the microwave. I thought I had seen it all until a post popped up on Reddit, which includes an image that indicates we should be cutting our limes in a different way to get the most juice. Have you tried this? Does it actually make a difference? I needed to find out.
Sep 22, 2016
20 Seconds to Juicier Citrus
Slice a lemon in half to squeeze it, and all too often you’re left with barely a trickle of juice. If you need some assistance, look to the microwave to cut you a break. There’s a whole lot of juice hiding in that lemon or lime, even if it may seem dried out. To get every last drop, pop your citrus in the microwave, whole, and heat it on high for 20 seconds. Be careful taking it out, as it may be hot.
Sep 15, 2016
Know Your Nomenclature: What’s a Bushel and a Peck?
Go to a farm stand or head out on an Pick Your Own excursion and you may be faced with a difficult question: bushel or a peck? Besides both being rather fun, rarely used words, I honestly don’t know what each term means, so I usually just smile, nod, and point to what seems like the amount of peaches or apples I am looking for. Of course, they do mean specific sizes — here’s what they are and how they are different from each other. Both are a dry volume measure of quarts.
Aug 30, 2016
10 Foods That Should Be BFF with Fresh Figs
We anxiously await the arrival of fresh figs every year. Their season is short-lived (at least here in the Northeast) and they’re not exactly inexpensive, but one bite makes the wait and price worth it. Once you’ve had your fill of fresh figs all on their own, try pairing them with these 10 foods. The contrast in flavor between the pungent, stinky cheese and the delicate sweetness of the figs is what makes these two so perfect together.
Aug 29, 2016
5 Things to Do with Leftover Fruit Salad
A light, refreshing fruit salad is a great way to wrap up a summer cookout. But it’s all too easy to get carried away when you’re cutting up your fruit and end up with a giant bowl that’s way more than you need. The leftover fruit salad may be great over your yogurt the next morning, but soon after it starts to look sad and slightly mushy. Here are five ways to use up fruit salad that’s just past its prime.
Aug 25, 2016
Freezing Is the Easiest, Fastest Way to Preserve Summer Fruits and Vegetables
It’s usually right around this point in the summer, each and every year, that I get the warmest, fuzziest feeling at the farmers market — the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables has a way of doing that. Saturday after Saturday, piles of tomatoes after piles of peaches, I start to think it may just last forever, that those deep winter days of nothing but cellared potatoes and onions will never arrive. But the sad truth is that they will.
Aug 24, 2016
A Rainbow of Ice Cubes
We’re smack-dab in the dog days of summer, where keeping drinks cool with plenty of extra ice cubes becomes mandatory. Use this as your opportunity to give your drink — be it a simple glass of seltzer or a fancy cocktail — an easy upgrade with bold and brightly colored ice cubes. There’s truly no set formula for preparing these cubes. It’s totally dependent on your preference, and how you intend to use the ice.
Aug 16, 2016
Watermelon Shouldn’t Work in Curry. But It Does!
Sweet, juicy watermelon really can do no wrong. Sliced into thick wedges and eaten with sticky fingers, it’s summer fruit at its finest. You can also toss it with feta for a sweet and salty fruit salad or whiz it into a ridiculously refreshing cocktail, but you already know this. What you might not know is that watermelon can be transformed into something hot, savory, and spicy. I am talking about watermelon curry. The first time I read about watermelon curry I was confused.
Aug 11, 2016
Why Do Seedless Watermelons Still Have Seeds?
Pick up a seedless watermelon and you may feel like you solved all your watermelon problems. No black seeds to spit out, right? Well, yes, except for the fact that even though a seedless watermelon doesn’t contain black seeds, it still can be full of white, almost translucent seeds. So is the term “seedless” just a big, fat lie? No, not exactly. First, it’s important to understand what seedless watermelons really are.
Aug 5, 2016
The Danger of Summer Strawberries
Does your farmers market or farm stand offer true summer strawberries? You know, the strawberries that are grown in the season they were meant to be grown in. The ones that are picked ripe in the field and are red all the way through, that actually smell like strawberries and taste like heaven? If so, go there as soon as possible, purchase a basketful, but don’t hurry home. Just sit back and pick one berry, any berry, and take a bite. But be careful.
Aug 4, 2016
Do Seeded Watermelons Have More Flavor?
It may seem like a no-brainer to buy a seedless watermelon instead of a seeded one — those hard black seeds are annoying to spit out, so it makes sense to avoid them completely and go with the seedless variety — however, it’s argued that seeded watermelon actually have more flavor than seedless. Is that true? And if so, why is it that the case? This is actually just a big, fat myth.
Aug 3, 2016