Monthly Archives: August 2008

How To Buy Fresh Blackberries

When buying blackberries these are some of the main points you need to remember to get the best tasting ones: 1. If you have a choice, it’s best to pick blackberries from the field. They have two seasons – early summer (June) and late summer (August) 2. Blackberries are one of the most expensive fruits due to their fragility. They are difficult to transport and only have a refrigerated shelf life of 2 days. Only buy blackberries if you plan … Continue reading

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How To Grill Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables can be great grilling accompaniments to the meat you serve. Here are some tips: 1. Grilling actually makes fruits and vegetables sweeter because it caramelizes their natural sugars which enhances their sweetness 2. For vegetables, choose those that gave a good grilling shape when sliced. Eggplant, onions, zucchini, yellow squash and bell peppers are good examples. Corn, asparagus and mushrooms can be grilled whole. 3. For a bit of a surprise, try grilling lettuces. They hold up … Continue reading

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How To Buy Fresh Strawberries

When buying strawberries these are the main things you need to remember: 1. While you can usually find strawberries at the grocery store year round, their peak season is from late May to early June. 2. If you are picking strawberries yourself off the vine, remember that they will not ripen after being picked. You want to pick bright red strawberries, not ones that have any white. 3. Ripe strawberries will have a pleasant smell and the brighter the strawberries, … Continue reading

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How To Buy Fresh Pineapple

When buying pineapples these are the main things you need to remember: 1. Fresh pineapple should have a firm, hard shell. If the shell is soft in any area then the pineapple is not good and should not be purchased. 2. The “eyes” of the pineapple shell should not be watering. If there is liquid leaking from the eyes, this indicates that the pineapple is past its prime and should not be purchased. 3. Unlike bananas, pineapples stop ripening the … Continue reading

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How To Buy The Best Grilling Steak

When buying grilling steaks these are the main things you need to remember: 1. For grilling, it’s best to buy fresh from the butcher’s shop. 2. The two best cuts of steak for grilling are Ribeye steak and strip steaks (often referred to as New York strip or Kansas City strip). Ribeye steak is tastier, but is also more expensive. 3. Along with the cut of the steak, the grade of the steak also makes a difference in taste and … Continue reading

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How To Buy Fresh Chicken

When buying fresh chicken these are the main things you need to remember: 1. Don’t worry about the fancy or different types of chicken names. Unless a recipe specifically calls for a certain type of chicken, buy what is least expensive. 2. Don’t worry about the “sell-by” date unless it is past the marked date as these are not uniform from grocery store to grocery store. Instead, make sure that the chicken has no odor, the cellophane wrapping the chicken … Continue reading

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How To Buy Blueberries

When buying blueberries these are the main things you need to remember: 1. Blueberries should be blue. If they are red or purple, then pass on them. 2. The blueberries in the package should all be about the size (not all different sizes) and they should come with a waxy sheen. 3. You should keep blueberries refriderated and dry. If you do this they can last about 2 weeks. If you don’t, they will spoil fast. Don’t wash blueberries until … Continue reading

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