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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New WLTS Feature: TUESDAY TIP!

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We LOVE clever hacks that make life easier, so we’re adding something new at WLTS!  My gal pal Alana recently came up with a fun idea to share some helpful kitchen tips here, and we’ll be posting them as quick bonus blog entries on certain Tuesdays.  (Why Tuesdays?  Because alliteration.)  We’ll keep them short enough that you don’t even have to click through for the full post.  Enjoy!

And now, here’s our first ever Tuesday Tip:  Alana has tried lots of methods for keeping a cut avocado from browning when storing it, but this one was new to her (and us too).  If you’re only going to use half of an avocado, leave the pit in (as you probably always do), and cover the half you’re saving with the empty shell from the half you used.  Then store in the fridge as you normally would.  Easy!  And the great news is, we know firsthand that this one works!  Alana discovered this herself when she took out an avocado half that her friend had put away for her one day using this method.

Let us know if it works as well for you, and feel free to share your own avocado storage tips in the comments, because you know 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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Strawberries, Part 2: ICE CREAM!

We LOVE this ice cream!  AND it’s PINK, yippee!

Earlier this summer, I visited Underwood Family Farms and a post about that is coming soon, I swear!  You’ve already seen this salad and candied ginger/syrup using some of the amazing produce I picked myself at the farm.  In a more recent post, I told you that I only used some of the GAZILLIONS of strawberries I got there for homemade strawberry soda, and I promised I’d show you what I did with the rest later on.

Welp, today’s the day!  Read on to see how to turn fresh strawberries into ridiculously tasty homemade ice cream.

-Viv

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