10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter

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I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Continue Reading

How To: Make the Ultimate, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

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Learn how to get rid of fruit flies for good.

Ah … summertime. The pinnacle of the produce season means amazing things for your palate: sun-ripened fruit, homegrown vegetables, and fresh herbs for days.

Unfortunately, ripe produce also invites other guests to the flavor party: fruit flies. These little monsters (drosophilidae), with their big red eyes and kneejerk-wave inspiring flight patterns, aren't terribly harmful (they have a lifecycle of around ten days)…they're just really, really annoying. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meal: How to Make A Quick Courgette Lasagna

created at: 02/07/2013Editor’s Note 1: For those in North America, Australia, Scandinavia, and elsewhere,  courgette is the French term for zucchini. 
Editor’s Note 2: This sounds amazing.

A great crowd pleaser for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike this quick midweek dinner will be on the table in under an hour.  

Ingredients
(Serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large courgettes, grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/3 15 oz tub of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 24 oz tomato pasta sauce
  • 3 tbsp of Parmesan
  • 6 sheets of lasagna
  • salt
  • pepper

Step 1: Heat the oven to 375F/190C. Continue Reading

How to: Grow a Year-Round Salad Garden

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As you may have gathered from my weekly “Foodie Friday” posts I enjoy cooking, but equally I enjoying growing my own food, which I write about on my site, curate this space.

Aside from the health and nutritional benefits of doing so, there is also something quite primal about knowing where and how your food is grown.

Today I’m going to teach you how to grow your own easy to grow salad garden which will grow all year round in frost free areas. Continue Reading

Apple Decor: 6 DIY Projects Using Fall’s Favorite Fruit

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This time of year means one thing and one thing only, as far as produce goes that is. It’s the beginning of apple season. Lucky for us, however, it’s pretty much apple season all year round. Whether it’s New Zealand Braeburns or Minnesota Honeycrisps*, there’s always something delicious to choose from. So, in celebration of that dependable–and yummy–fruit, I decided to surf the waves for how-to’s using them in decor projects. Here are some of the best:

The mini apple vases, pictured above, are from Toildrop, and I love, love, LOVE them, especially paired up with the spider mums.  Continue Reading

How To: Learn Basic, Safe Kitchen Knife Skills

Since graduating from college, I’ve slowly been developing good knife technique in the kitchen. I’ve learned that big, sharp knifes are actually safer, have been practicing efficient and consistent ways to prep all sorts of fresh veggies, aromatics like onions and garlic, and even a bit of DIY butchering.

And, ever since I got good enough to make it look like I sorta know what I’m doing, I’ve been saying, “Man, I should write up a Curbly post on this.” Well, I haven’t. Continue Reading

7 Foods Chefs Are Avoiding Now

 

 

created at: 03/05/2010

If you haven’t noticed, that picture perfect produce at the grocery store is less than tasty this time of year. Simply put, certain items are not in season and no amount of time in a hothouse can replicate what Mother Nature is able to achieve. So, that being said, here’s 7 foods chefs won’t eat at this time of year:        

  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Corn
  • Nightshades
  • Peaches
  • Melons
  • Berries

For the reasons why chefs stay away from them, head on over to Yahoo Green.

How To: Make Your Own Fruit and Vegetable Wash.

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Whether your produce is treated or straight from your own organic-method backyard, it’s always wise to wash it before consuming. If commercial, washing will remove any chemicals, waxes, or supplements, and if natural, it can help rid your goodies of dirt or insects. A quick spray ‘wash’ helps save water, plus “most chemicals used on produce won’t be washed off with a simple application of water—if they were, they wouldn’t be very effective in the face of growing season rainfall.”

Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest offers two easy DIY produce wash recipes that are cheaper than commercial products. Continue Reading

Sew Your Own Cheap & Easy Produce Bags

A while back I picked up a set of three produce bags at my local co-op for about 9 bucks. I love them, but I must admit I did balk at the price. The always very crafty Linda at Craftstylish shows us how easy it is to sew our own CHEAP produce bags using mesh fabric. To make some, you’ll need the following:

  • 1/2 yard mesh fabric. Linda found hers for $1.49 a yard. She also says that 1/2 yard is enough to make 3 or 4 bags! 
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10 Tips for Starting a Simple Garden.

Briana Feola of Brainstorm Print & Design. is a full time artist with a huge passion for gardening. She’s assembled ten great tips for Indie Fixx on getting started with your own food production garden.

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1) START SMALL

2) START PLANTS INSIDE

3) COMPOST!

4) OBTAIN APPROPRIATE SUPPLIES

5) PICK SEEDS AND PLANTS NATIVE TO YOUR AREA
6) GET PROPER FENCING TO KEEP CRITTERS OUT

7) GET THE SOIL READY

8) DON’T PLANT TOO SOON

9) DON’T FORGET TO WATER AND WEED! Continue Reading