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How to Refresh Wilted Greens

May 16, 2017

Do you hate throwing away food because it’s gone bad? I have had problems for years with wilted greens, but this little trick has really helped a lot! I love to use fresh organic spring greens to make a nice salad from time to time. But one thing that I don’t like going to the refrigerator and finding that my once beautiful spring greens aren’t so lovely anymore.…

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Keep Bananas from Getting Ripe Too Quickly

April 16, 2017

I love bananas. ¬†Always love to eat them fresh out of the peel, and to bake with them. I even love to use them in smoothies. And to dehydrate them and use them for snacks. But one thing I hate about bananas is how quickly they ripen. Then they are no good to eat. But there is good news! You can actually slow this process down, keeping your…

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How to Blanch Vegetables for Freezing

March 26, 2017

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, and with it comes lots of great fresh produce! I absolutely love to stock up on in-season produce while it’s fresh and cheap and freeze it to enjoy throughout the rest of the year.¬†One of the things that I have learned as I’ve worked more and more with freezing fresh produce is how important it is to blanch…

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Keeping Strawberries Fresh Longer

March 19, 2017

Keeping strawberries fresh longer doesn’t have to be difficult. One simple step can extend their life! From March until June it is strawberry season here in South Carolina.  There is simply nothing quite like the taste of freshly picked berries to tempt your taste buds.  But one frustrating thing about strawberries is that they tend to be quick to become mushy and moldy. Often this happens within a…

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What to Do With That Extra Broth

March 12, 2015

I love making things more simple in the kitchen. I also am very fond of not being wasteful. And since I’m single, I’ve had to come up with even more tricks to make things more simple and less wasteful, because I don’t want to spend my life in the kitchen and I want to save money by not throwing away so much food! And I was wasting my…

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Storing Tomatoes and Keeping Them Fresh Longer

September 7, 2013
Storing tomatoes and keeping them fresh longer blog post- A picture of a bunch of vine ripened tomatoes

Summer brings with it a bounty of fresh tomatoes of all different varieties. And there is nothing as flavorful as a tomato picked fresh off of the vine. Nothing tastes quite like a tomato you’ve picked from the garden right in your backyard. Store-bought varieties never taste as good. I’ve seen a lot of my fellow food bloggers talking about making salsa and homemade tomato sauce for canning…