Apple Tips Courtesy of Stemilt™
Pick: Select apples that are firm to the touch and free of bruises.
Store: To maintain freshness, apples should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
Prep: Thoroughly wash apples in water before using. Apples can be enjoyed in salads, smoothies, and breads.
Seedless Cucumber Tips Courtesy of TopLine®
Pick: Select cucumbers that are bright in color, have a fresh scent and are firm to the touch.
Store: To maintain freshness, color and natural moisture, seedless cucumbers should be stored in plastic wrap in a cool, dry place or in a refrigerator’s crisper drawer.
Prep: Rinse well before using. Enjoy the refreshing flavor of cucumbers in salads, breakfast wraps and veggie wraps.
Mushroom Tips Courtesy of Highline® Mushrooms
Pick: Look for mushrooms that are firm to the touch, smooth in appearance and uniform in color.
Store: Maintaining a consistent temperature is a key element in keeping mushrooms fresh. Store in the refrigerator between 34-38°F. Mushrooms should be kept in their original packaging or in a porous paper bag until ready to use. Do not store in airtight containers, as this produces condensation and causes mushrooms to deteriorate quickly.
Prep: Clean thoroughly before use: gently wipe mushrooms with a damp cloth or paper towel, run under cool water and pat dry immediately. Do not let mushrooms soak in water, as they are very porous and will absorb water quickly, which can cause discoloration. Enjoy mushrooms in Ideal Meals like Asian Noodle Soup, Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms, and Florentine Egg Muffins.
Mushroom Tips Courtsey of To-Jo Mushrooms
Sauté: Sautéing is an easy way to cook whole, sliced, chopped or halved mushrooms. Heat oil or butter in nonstick skillet over HIGH heat; add mushrooms in single layer, do not stir. Once mushrooms turn red-brown on one side, flip and repeat. Remove from heat and season to taste.
Microwave: Place 8 oz. of thickly sliced mushrooms in microwave safe bowl (no oil or butter needed). Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 - 3 minutes, stirring once.
Grill/Broil: Grilling or broiling is preferable for larger-capped mushrooms, like Portabellas and shiitakes. Lightly brush caps and stems with oil or salad dressing to keep moist; season with salt and pepper. Grill or broil 4 - 6 inches from heat source for 4 - 6 minutes on each side, brushing once or twice.
Pear Tips Courtesy of Stemilt™
Pick: Choose pears that have a slight give around the neck at time of use.
Store: Store in the refrigerator to maintain the ripeness or leave at room temperature to accelerate ripeness.
Prep: Wash thoroughly before use. Pears are great in recipes such as Pineapple Pear Shake, Nutty Breakfast Cookie and Apple Pear Crumble.
Potato Tips Courtesy of Green Giant® Fresh
Pick: Look for smooth, clean, firm-textured potatoes with few divots. Choose potatoes without cuts, bruises, or discoloration.
Store: Remove potatoes from the plastic bag and store in a dark, dry, well-ventilated area. The optimum temperature for storage is 40°-50° F, but potatoes should not be refrigerated.
Prep: Scrub and rinse potatoes before use to clean. Bake, roast, grill, boil or microwave potatoes to enjoy in recipes such as Shepherd’s Pie, Mini Mexican Potatoes and Breakfast Potatoes. Refer to Klondike Brands™ website for more potato secrets.
Organic Baby Spinach Tips Courtesy of Earthbound Farm®
Pick: Because Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach is packed to remain fresh and nutrient-dense, just grab a package from the refrigerated section of your local Meijer produce department.
Store: Organic Baby Spinach should be refrigerated until ready to use. Store unused greens in the fridge for freshness.
Prep: Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach is triple washed and ready to use, so no prep is needed. Toss these tender and tasty leaves into your favorite salad, make a juice or smoothie, sandwich, or add them to dishes like pastas, soups and stir fries, and they’ll cook quickly.
Tomato Tips Courtesy of SUNSET®
Pick: Look for tomatoes that are deep red in color, perfectly round and about the size of a golf ball. Choose tomatoes that are smooth without any dents or soft spots.
Store: The ideal storage temperature for tomatoes is between 55-59°F. Uncut tomatoes should never be refrigerated, as the cold temperature minimizes the flavor and firmness.
Prep: Rinse with cool water before using. Try tomatoes in sauces, pasta dishes, soups, bruschetta and salads. Or simply cut into wedges and enjoy sprinkled with sea salt for a flavorful snack. For more recipes and additional information visit www.sunsetgrown.com