Friday, June 11, 2010

Management of Your Farmer's Market Booty

Okay, this is going to get a little personal. But if one takes the trouble to go to a farmer's market and stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other wonderful stuff, it doesn't make sense to let ANY of it go to waste. Here are a couple of tricks to keep your wondrous goods rotating happily.

1) Keep a list of the fresh stuff you bring home from the market. Post it on your fridge. Gaze at the list for inspiration. Cook with your beautiful produce. Cross off stuff that you use. This way, your fresh produce will be used when it IS fresh, and will not become a sad, cast-out victim of Produce Neglect, producing guilt that you don't need.

2) Invest in clear storage containers, especially for refrigerated items. This way you can SEE what you have, and will be more likely to USE it. We are, after all, pretty simple creatures. See, reach, eat.

Classic cooking (Cordon Bleu, Culinary Institute of America, etc.) has as its main theme the age-old premise of respecting food and not wasting it. A good value to cultivate!

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