Getting the Most Out of Your Bin
This week’s bin includes MY very favorite veggies of the season…brussel sprouts, beets, carrots, and swiss chard! But sometimes life with a 10 month old baby gets hectic and getting through the bin takes a little longer than we originally planned. Properly storing veggies makes all the difference in our bin — 15 to 30 minutes of prep time on delivery day can save heartache and money!
Storing Greens: Did you know greens such as lettuce, chard, and beet greens need to stay hydrated to keep crisp? Adding a bit of water to dampen greens and storing them in glass or plastic container will keep your greens looking fresher, longer. In fact, we have kept lettuce for up to 2 weeks by wetting and storing in a salad spinner. We know its not usually recommended, but we do wash our lettuce and greens in the salad spinner on the day of delivery and store the entire spinner in the refrigerator. Do not tear lettuce leaves or delicate greens until you are ready to serve. Since collard greens and kale are more fibrous, you are able to cut these greens for storage. This makes prepping at mealtime quick and easy.
Storing Root Veggies: Root veggies need to be kept dry for storage. Cutting off their greens the day of delivery is VERY important. Roots will soften and greens will go limp if they are not separated soon after harvesting. Cut off tops and follow the instructions above. Never wash the root veggies prior to storage, just dry and place in your refrigerator drawer. Wash thoroughly when prepping your meal.
How Carrots Break the Root Rules: As a root vegetable, most would be inclined to cut off tops and keep dry but carrots need moisture to keep firm. Cut tops off and follow instructions above. Wash carrot roots and store in a plastic or glass container. Carrots can stay for weeks this way. You can even submerge limp carrots in water and place in the refrigerator to give them new life! If you choose to place the carrots in a plastic bag instead of a container, be sure to add some holes to the bag (think of how they are stored at the grocery store — a long narrow bag with small circular holes punched out).
Tomatoes: The best way to store tomatoes is upside down at room temperature.Yes, I said upside down! Cook’s Illustrated kitchen tested tomatoes, storing stem-end up and stem-end down. At room temperature, they found that tomatoes right side up rotted much more quickly than stem-down tomatoes. However, tomatoes on the vine or tomatoes with a small stem should be stored stem up.
Seeing GREEN in 2014 — Win a GREEN iPod Nano
We’re looking forward to another great year of supporting local agriculture and we are starting out with a BANG! As we do each year, we’re setting a goal of 30 new members in 30 days. But we can’t do it without your help. This year, not only will we double the referral credit to $10 for every new member you refer during the month of January – but the Veggie Bin member who refers the most new customers will win a GREEN iPod Nano! We’re hoping you’ll take this opportunity to encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to go green and eat locally grown veggies. Simply have your friend or neighbor list you in the “referred by” portion of the order form to get your credit.
Want more information on the iPod Nano? Get it at Best Buy!
OUR VEGGIE BINS
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Local Bin (Mini): (Organic Romaine, Organic Carrots, Chiaggia Beets, Brussell Sprouts, Grapefruit), Organic Swiss Chard, Purple/Green Cauliflower, Tomatoes on the Vine
- NY Times Beet Recipes that will turn any haters!
- Sauteed Carrots by the Barefoot Contessa
- Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries
- Garlic Purple Cauliflower with Lemon
- Romaine Salad with Beet and Carrot
- Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese
- Stuffed Tomatoes (substitute spinach for chard!)
Organic Bin (Mini): (Organic Romaine, Organic Brussel Sprouts, Organic Carrots, Organic Beets, Cantaloupe) , Organic Swiss Chard, Tomatoes on the Vine, Red Grapes
- Romaine, Feta and Grape Salad
- Steak with Roasted Carrots and Red Onions
- Beet Carpaccio
- Shrimp Scampi with Grilled Cantaloupe
- Sauteed Swiss Chard with Lemon
- Chopped Brussel Sprout Salad with Creamy Shallot Dressing
Fruit: Braeburn Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Kiwi
Have no fear! If you do not like on our our selected items in your regular sized organic or local bin, you have the choice to remove it and double another item that’s already in the bin or make a substitution. And if you have too many veggies, the great news is that you can always select French Pantry Baguettes as one of your substitutions! Find step by step instructions in our blog post.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Returning your bin clean and undamaged means that we can use it again and again. This keeps costs down, minimizes landfill waste and keeps your carbon footprint smaller. Bins that aren’t returned will incur a replacement fee, so be sure to put it out for pickup!