Storage + Cooking Tips

Mustard Greens - are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and protective phytonutrients, yet because of their slimming calorie count, their nutrition-to-calorie ratio makes them one of the most nutrient-dense and beneficial foods on the planet. Mustard greens are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and potassium. One cup of cooked mustard greens contains just 21 calories! Storing Mustard Greens Storing your greens in containers or plastic bags keeps them fresh for well over a week. Reuse clean, dry plastic produce bags from the grocery store. Immediately transfer greens and other produce into containers and store as much as will fit in the crisper drawers of the refrigerator. Wash delicate leafy greens in ice water within a few days, spin them dry in a salad spinner, and store them in the spinner. They will stay crisp and fresh for over a week. Cooking Tips Mustard greens can be eaten raw or cooked–steamed, sautéed, or simmered. Prepare mustard greens...

Black radish is different than traditional spring radishes, which are pink or purple, in that their skin is (obviously) black. They're also larger in diameter than traditional ones, ranging from 3 to 4 inches. Their flavor is more pungent, too, and their texture is a bit tougher. When peeled, their flesh is white and drier than that of other radishes. Black radishes have a longer shelf life than most radishes, so they are available year-round, although the crop peaks in winter and early spring Preparation + Cooking Thoroughly wash radishes before eating raw. Many people discard the radish greens, but they are edible and nutritious. Radish leaves have a delicious peppery taste. If radishes were purchased with the leaves attached, remove the tops unless they will be served the same day. Storing radishes for any length of time with the leaves left on will cause loss of nutrients and moisture, so if you plan...

Storing Beets Beets can keep for up to 2 to 3 weeks if stored properly. First, give the leaves and roots a good washing. Let air dry or make sure to completely dry before putting in refrigerator. Remove the greens, by leaving about 2 inches of stem attached to the root, so that bleeding does not occur. This is only necessary with red or purple beets as it does not occur with yellow and white varieties. The greens can be wrapped in paper towel and placed in a Ziploc bag where all the air has been removed. Beet greens stored in this fashion will last 2 to 5 days after purchase. Use greens in place of spinach, Swiss chard or kale in favorite recipes. Many like the greens served raw with lettuce in salads or in freshly made juice. The greens are packed full of nutritional value and should not be discarded. The root should...

HOW TO STORE BOK CHOY You can store in a plastic bag with a tea towel in the refrigerator, or I also like to store in a sealed glass container with a dry tea towel. In either case, use bok choy within a few days of purchasing. HOW TO COOK BOK CHOY Bok choy can be used in soups, stir fry, grilled, roasted, or left raw. Because the leaves and stalks have such different textures, it can be great for adding layers to a meal: buttery leaves and slightly bitter, crisp stalks. Separate the leaves from the stalks to avoid overcooking the tender greens. Cut an inch from the bottom of the heads, then separate the leaves from the stems and rinse thoroughly. If you’re looking to leave the heads whole, don’t trim, but still wash well. A few notes about cooking: bok choy shouldn’t be overcooked. The crisp texture will give way to an...

To store them place them in a plastic perforated bag so that they will get some air flow. Do not wash the beans or snap the ends until you are ready to prepare them. The beans are best when served shortly after harvesting, but if necessary they can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator. If beans are not going to be used within 5 days, they can be frozen or canned to preserve. They should be preserved the day they are harvested for best results. When preparing beans snap or cut off the stem ends. The tips can be removed if desired but they do not need to be removed. When cutting your fresh green beans up before cooking remember that the less you cut the beans up the sweeter and crisper they will be after they are cooked. TRY THESE RECIPES: Parmesan Roasted Green Beans Pan Fried Green Beans and Potatoes Honey Lemon Chicken Green Beans         ENJOY!      ...

KOHLRABI BASICS: It's a member of the cabbage family The whole plant is edible, but usually, when we talk about kohlrabi we mean the bulb of the plant, as we do here. The bulb kind of tastes like broccoli stems (my favorite part of broccoli!) It doesn't have to be peeled, but the peel can be tough so I usually do. You can eat it raw in slaws and salads, as well as roasted and stir-fried. Kohlrabi is a unique and tasty veggie. It requires a bit more prep time but is totally worth it. Here are a few details on how to cut it: Cut off the stems: If the stems and leaves are still attached to the kohlrabi, cut them off. (Save the leaves and cook them just like kale or turnip greens.) Slice in half: Cut the kohlrabi head in half down through its center. Slice into quarters: Place the halved kohlrabi cut...

Galangal to Summer CSA! The picture on the left is fresh galangal root harvested yesterday (August 6, 2017) from LSF. Galangal is also known as Thai ginger or Siamese ginger (because it resembles fresh ginger so much), but it really is its own ingredient. It's commonly found in Thai, Indonesian, and Malaysian cooking. The skin of galangal is smoother and paler than ginger and its flesh is much harder. It can't be grated like ginger can, but instead, must be sliced. The flavor of galangal is much stronger too; it's earthy, sharp, and extra citrusy. Storage Galangal can be stored in the vegetable drawer of a refrigerator for two to three weeks. First wrap the galangal in plastic wrap or, preferably, wrap the root first in a damp cloth, then in a plastic bag. Galangal can be frozen without losing any flavor. Cut the unpeeled root into slices a quarter-inch thick, wrap in...

Storing Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are cured when packaged in y our CSA boxes. The curing time will range from 15 to 35 days. During the curing processes, the sweet potatoes will develop a more pronounced taste that is very sweet. Select a cool and dry area to store your potatoes. If proper environmental storage is not met, your potatoes are more likely to sprout and rot. We recommend storing your sweet potatoes as is (do not wash them before storing). The dirt on this root crop acts a shield. Washing could easily lead to rot, with too much moisture left on the sweet potatoes. If the dirt on the sweet potatoes is an issue with storing, use a dry cloth to remove any excess dirt after harvesting. If you have mistakenly pierced any of your potatoes while harvesting, do not fret. The potatoes will naturally heal themselves while in the curing process.       Try These Recipes! Sausage, Kale & Sweet Potato Skillet Super...

Storage: Short-Term Storage: Carrots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month if stored properly. Cut off carrot greens, place carrots in a container with a lid and cover completely in water. Keep container in the refrigerator, changing the water ever 4-5 days. Do not store carrots next to ethylene gas producing fruits, such as apples and pears. The ethylene gas they release speeds up the ripening process of other fruits and vegetables. If you purchase carrot roots with attached green tops, the tops should be cut off before storing in the refrigerator since they will cause the carrots to wilt prematurely as they pull moisture from the roots. While the tops can be stored in the refrigerator, kept moist by being wrapped in a damp paper, they should really be used soon after purchase since they are fragile and will quickly begin to wilt. Long-Term Storage: Carrots can also be...

Unfortunately, improper storage can result in blueberries that are anything but tasty. In some cases, it can result in berries that are mushy and moldy. Sort the moldy blueberries from the fresh ones. Look for berries that have white, fuzzy mold and toss them out. The mold can be found around the stem area. You will also want to discard any berries that are too soft or wilted looking; they are too ripe and will rot quickly. Sorting the bad berries from the good ones will prevent mold from spreading. Pull off any stems. Most of the stems should have fallen off on their own, but it would be a good idea to go through the berries again and pick off any remaining stems. They won't harm you if you eat them, but they will taste bitter. Consider raising the blueberries with one part vinegar and three parts water. In general, you should...