Patricia’s Top Ten Produce Tips

Over the years I have learned a lot about cooking and prepping foods. I wanted to share with you  some of the best tips I have learned about produce. In our house we love fresh produce but without these tips to help me out I would never have time to make sure we are getting our fruit and vegetables everyday. Many of these tips are things I was taught as a child.

  1. When peeling a kiwi cut top and bottom off, slide spoon between peel and the flesh. turn and ta-da.
  2. Need lemon or lime juice? Roll your lemon between your hands or roll on the counter to squeeze the juices before you cut one end, then squeeze. I have even been known to roll it with my heel on the floor and wash before use.
  3. Having a hard time peeling a banana? Peel it from the bottom up! Works everytime for me.
  4. Want to get your kids to eat more veggies? Shred them on the finest side of your grater. Add them to everything, carrots and zucchini hide well in burgers, meatloaf, and meat balls. Want to have an easier time cleaning your grater? Spray it with a light coating of cooking spray!
  5. When chopping herbs use a pizza cutter, makes it easier to cut and doesn’t bruise this way.
  6. Cut your vegetables/fruit enough for a few days of meals. Save them in an air tight container or ziplock bag in the fridge.
  7. Slice an avocado in half , stick your knife in the pit (CAREFULLY) to remove it, then slice the avocado in it’s skin and use a spoon to pops the slices out with ease.
  8. Do your apples brown right after cutting? Soak them in water with a little lemon juice it will stop the brown and keep the apples looking tasty.  With bananas you can brush the slices with lemon juice.
  9. When you buy celery wrap it in tin foil before putting it in the fridge, it helps them stay fresh longer.
  10. When you are picking out a pineapple pull a leaf on the top, if it doesn’t pull out with ease try another. It should also smell sweet, like a pineapple.

I hope a few of these tips has helped you out! Enjoy your fruits and Veggies. We do!

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As a transplant to Ohio, Patricia is enjoying the calmer lifestyle to raise her family in. She has 4 beautiful children that keep her very busy, as does their 1980' home with all the updates it needs. When she has free time she enjoys painting, crafting, reading, writing, decorating and family fun.
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