May 30, 2015

Tip for Fresh (& Organic!) Veggies

The sight of insects or worms can be unnerving if you aren't used to seeing them in your produce.    Grocery store produce has been washed throughly and is often sterile.  Whereas local produce will have a bit more, shall I say... character

This week in my local veggies, cabbage worms (caterpillars) greeted me.  Upon seeing them, I gave thanks that my farmer wasn't using chemicals to fight the bad guys.  I could fight them in the sink. 

I texted several of my friends, warning them about the crawlies, and encouraged them to eat the broccoli soon. 
One friend texted back with sage wisdom.  In the event you find crawlies in your veggies this summer I'll share her words.  She said, "Mom used to soak veggies in a sink of salt water which would make the worms crawl to the top."

Makes sense to me.  And I tried it - it works.  Once visible, I flicked 'em back in the water where they died.  Soaking in salt water is a bit more laborious than just picking and squishing.  But if squishing gives you the jeebies then try salt water. 
And the next time you see bugs (or bug marks) on your produce from a farmers market, give thanks for chemical-free food!


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May 4, 2015

Vegetable Fermenting Workshop - May 15

On Friday, May 15 at 7pm, I will be hosting a vegetable fermenting workshop in my kitchen.  We will learn the hows and whys of lacto-fermenting.  I will open my fridge and let you taste the ferments my family enjoys.  Together we will make probiotic-packed sauerkraut.
Making sauerkraut is so easy that a 2-year old can do it.  Here are pictures to prove it.

 Caroline turns 5 this week and still loves helping in the kitchen.

Class size is limited; only 5 openings remain.  Cost is $10 per person.  Email me if you are interested: luvmyhub AT  


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