Alana’s Tuesday Tip: Kale Yeah!

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You already know we LOVE kale!  This week, Alana’s Tuesday Tip will help keep your kale fresh even longer than you can imagine.  It’s super easy, too.  But first, you need to know that it’ll take up a significant amount of space, so clear out those leftovers ahead of time!

Ready?  Wash your kale and dry it THOROUGHLY in your trusty salad spinner. Then, add a small amount of clean water to the bowl of the spinner, put the basket of washed and dried kale back in the bowl, cover it with the spinner lid, and pop it in the fridge.  BOOM!  That’s it.  It’s important to make sure that the water in the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the beautifully cleaned and spin-dried greens in the basket, though.  Speaking of greens, this method will probably work with leafy vegetables other than kale, too.

Let us know how this works out for you, and please feel free to share your kale storage tips in the comments, because of course WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

-Alana (via Viv)

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How to Open a Pomegranate

imageWe LOVE pomegranates! They’re tasty, healthy and fun to eat! Plus, the little seeds (called arils) are so beautiful to look at. They’re like tiny, juicy gemstones. But, it can be a hassle to open up a pomegranate to extract those delicious edible rubies.

You may have seen tutorials that encourage you to “spank” the poor fruit with a wooden spoon or submerge it in water. While I’m not criticizing those techniques, I figured there had to be a simpler way. (I mean really, assaulting or drowning your food isn’t exactly uncomplicated.) Never fear though, because after scouring the Internet like the Google pro that I am, I worked out an aril-extracting method that is pretty foolproof.  Keep reading to see what works for me.

-Viv

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Dragon Fruit? DRAGON FRUIT.

We LOVE dragon fruit!

Have you ever tried it?  The first time I ever tried dragon fruit, I hadn’t even heard of it before.  I was on vacation with my parents in Vietnam, and the whole experience was magical.  There were so many delicious things to taste, and all the fresh fruit was probably my favorite.  Walking through the farmer’s market, I’d spot dozens of produce items I’d never seen in the States.  Some required an adventurous disposition; if you don’t know anything about durian, for example, I strongly suggest avoiding it.  I’ll just leave this right here for you and wait…

Now that you can’t unlearn that (raw sewage?!), I’ll continue.  Other discoveries at the market were immediately appealing to the eye and the flavor payoff was just as satisfying–like the adorable and tasty dragon fruit.  Click through for a closer look.

-Viv

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