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Cleaning Fruit

cleaning-fruitWe all have the frustrating experience day after day on how quick the fruits perish after purchased and taken home! For this reason, you and your family will treasure this simple but important piece of information.

Vinegar is so great for many things, from fungus infections in the ears, tusch, feet, etc. It’s great to clean windows , mirrors countertops, bug bites and bee stings. Not to mention that it will give food a ‘salty’ flavor so you can use less sodium. Also good to use as a finial hair rinse to remove any excess shampoo……….

Who would know that it has so many uses?

This will also wash away our fears and doubts about the pesticides and chemical covers on the various fruits.

~ Idea from BuzzFeed ~

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How To Freeze Zucchini

This tip is from ‘The Kitchn‘.

Zucchini Image from The Kitchn
Zucchini Image from The Kitchn

Though you can technically freeze zucchini as is, we recommend taking the time to blanch it first. Blanching inactivates the enzymes that cause the vegetable to become mushy and discolor over time, even in the freezer.

Put a large pot of water over high heat and set another bowl with ice water near the stove. Have a slotted spoon handy to scoop the zucchini out of the pot.

While you’re waiting for the water to boil, chop your zucchini into rounds, wedges, or any other shape you normally cook with. Remember that you’re going to be dumping the frozen zucchini directly into the soup or Chilli you’ll making, so aim for uniform bite-sized pieces.

When the water comes to a boil, add your cut vegetables to the pot and begin timing. You’re going for crunchy al dente. For small wedges like those shown here, test them after a minute. For larger rounds, it will take more like 1-2 minutes.

Note: Unlike blanching vegetables that you’ll eat right away, this blanching water should be unsalted. In this case, salt absorbed into the vegetables would cause the cell walls to keep breaking down over time, which would result in the kind of mushy veggies we’re trying to avoid.

Scoop the vegetables out of the water and transfer them immediately to the water bath to stop the cooking and then drain. For large amounts of zucchini, do this in several batches. If we have the time and energy, we like to spread the zucchini out in a single layer on a parchment-lined sheet tray to freeze them before getting packed into bags. This prevents the pieces from freezing to each other and makes for more even cooking on the other end.

Otherwise, you can transfer the drained zucchini right into bags and tuck them into your freezer. Keep them toward the back of your freezer where the temperature is more constant.

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