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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CSA tips

Since joining a CSA last year, I've come up with a few tips to making it last and not go bad.

Share: Our tote of veggies each week yields a lot of veggies for three people (well, two considering the toddler does not eat vegetables) to eat so we share with someone with cuts down the cost. Often, our CSA partner will go out of town. If I feel we can't eat the whole tote, I pawn it off on friends who gladly will take them off our hands.

Meal plan: We are notified each Monday what will be in our CSA on Wednesday when it gets picked up. Our standard Wednesday meal has always been from our CSA. Sometimes it's a veggie sauté with pasta or a beefed up salad. Since I grocery shop on Friday, I sit down on Thursday and figure out the meals for the rest of the week.

Freeze or dry: Often I can not find a way to use a bunch of herbs or green beans so I will freeze them. How do I freeze the herbs ... it's simple: in ice cube trays. Chop the herbs, put in the tray and fill with water. Right now I have mint, cilantro and chives tucked away in my freezer. If you have rosemary or thyme, it's best to dry them and store in herb jars.

I recently took two bunches of green beans and froze them as well. I blanched them, dried them with a towel and then froze them flat on a cookie sheet. After frozen, I put them in a bag in the freezer.

Ask your friends: If you don't have any idea what to do with a certain veggie, ask your friends. I often use Facebook to poll my friends on what to do. You'll get some amazing results from folks that have tried the veggies.

Need more tips? This website has several more that can help with your CSA!

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