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Drying Herbs Tie stems in bundles and hang the herbs upside down. Use twist-ties so you can easily tighten the bundles when stems shrink as they dry. A warm, dry spot is best; avoid the kitchen. Wrap muslin, a mesh produce bag or a paper bag with several holes around the bundle, and tie it at the neck. A drying screen helps...

About Honey Store honey at room temperature out of direct sunlight. Over time, liquid honey also tends to naturally crystallize - a process where the honey appears to be thickened, become lumpy and grainy. The rate of crystallization varies for the different types of honey. Crystallization is easily reversible and does not affect the taste and quality of the honey at all, although it adversely...

Storage Red peppers are simply mature green peppers; yellow and orange peppers are different, sweeter varieties. Keep your eye out for shiny, unblemished, wrinkle-free skins, regardless of color. Peppers should be firm when you buy them. How to store: Refrigerate peppers, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer. Keep them dry, as moisture will eventually cause them to rot....

Arugula is a green leaf with a spicy, peppery bite. If you like the pepperiness, try an arugula salad or arugula pesto. If not, try it in moderation on sandwiches or pizza. Storage Fill the sink or a large bowl with cold water, then wash the arugula leaves gently to clean and hydrate the leaves. Spin dry in a salad spinner or...

Storage Cucumbers are sensitive to both moisture and temperature, so storing them too cold may lead to a wilted, rubbery texture within a few days. Instead, try wrapping cucumbers in a paper towel or thin kitchen towel and placing them on the upper shelves of your refrigerator where it is not as cold as the crisper drawer. Cucumbers can also be stored...

Storage Throughout the season, garlic will appear in slightly different forms. Early in the spring, garlic is harvested before it develops separate cloves. Green garlic, as it is called, has a fresher, milder flavor than garlic you find at the grocery store, and you can use the entire plant from the bulb up to the stalk. Wrap green garlic in a damp...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Normally when cooking beans or peas, I am starting with dried. Adding flavor is a necessity. I will throw in vegetables, broth, seasonings, and even bacon. The purple hull peas in this week’s share were so fresh, I wanted to preserve the flavor of the peas themselves. Remember the Chow Chow we made a...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) There were so many tomatoes in this week’s share! The beautiful little golden cherry tomatoes have a sweetness that only intensifies when it is cooked. I decided to make some scones (always a good idea) and highlight the flavor of the summer tomato. Perfect not only for breakfast or brunch, but a nice...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Most Southerners will tell you they love some fried okra. Who doesn’t?! However, I find it tedious to spend time breading and frying the lot. These easy corn cakes give the same crunch and okra flavor without all of the mess. They make the perfect accompaniment for a plate of purple hull peas,...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) This casserole is super easy to put together and tastes great. We used Grass Roots Farmer’s Cooperative mild pork sausage for its great flavor and texture. Definitely a meat and potatoes dish!   Country Casserole Ingredients 3 medium potatoes, scrubbed and dried 1/2 stick butter 1/2 pound ground mild pork sausage 1/4 cup white onion, chopped ...