Frugal Vegetable and Salad Tips
Be sure when you buy broccoli that you use all
of it. Even the toughest part of the stem can be save and boiled when making
soup stock. If you want to get the best deal when buying broccoli, look for a
piece where the stalk is not too long. The stalk is the heaviest part. The
shorter the stem, the lighter the weight. So you save more money.
Limp celery? Cut the stem off the bottom and
separate the pieces. Put them
in cold water, and add 1/2 cup of sugar. Soak for 4 hours, rinse off and
put in the refrigerator.
Fresh Corn on the Cob - You can tell if corn is
going to be sweet or is old by opening the husk a little, and breaking open on
the the kernels. If the liquid looks like milk, it is fresh. If it
looks like water, it is old.
Corn is at it's best if eaten a few hours after being harvested.
The sugar in corn on the cob turns to starch very quickly. That is why
some corn is deliciously sweet, while other pieces are bland.
Frozen Corn on the Cob - Frozen corn on the cob is a good
alternative to fresh corn, because it is often frozen shortly after it is
harvested, thereby retaining it's sugar.
Preparation and Cooking - Shuck corn on the cob back peel
the husk back from the top. Remove all the silk fibers. To cook corn
on the cob, use a large pan with lots of water. Never boil longer than 7
minutes and do not add salt to the water. You can put the ears in
before or after the water comes to a boil. Reduce cooking time if placed
in cold water first.
If you are going to peel your potatoes before cooking them, try and skin them
while the skin is still fresh. Potato skins are wonderful baked in the oven by
themselves. Just sprinkle them with olive oil, salt, spread them out in a single
layer on a cookie sheet, and bake them until they are crisp.
My diet includes a healthy amount of raw
vegetables. Rather than having to cut them up every day, they are washed,
sliced, and put in tightly sealed containers when they come home from the store.
Not only are they convenient for lunch, put the onions and peppers are ready to
go on pizzas and in omelets.
Everything put in a spray bottle lasts
longer. If you want to stretch a light salad dressing, like Italian, put
it in a spray bottle. Spraying your dressing on your salad covers the
lettuce better, and using less is healthier.
When zucchini has a good year, you have more
of it than you can give away. Here is a tip on how to preserve and use it. Grate
it, and then put it in your blender and puree it to a cream. Then freeze the
cream in small portions. You can use this when you bake to replace some of the
milk in some recipes. It will provide a wonderful flavor. You can also use
it in chili and soup stock.