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6/12/13 3:17 P

The celery thing was exactly what I was talking about. It should be stored standing in water, according to several people's posts & blogs, but the info doesn't say that. I'd like to see specific tips instead of having to guess what the writer might have meant and interpolating what to do.

Peaches - once dipped, in fridge? on counter? under the bed? ;)

I'm sure the instructions can be interpreted, but since it IS a quick-reference guide, quickly referenced instructions would be very helpful.

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6/12/13 10:39 A

A lot of foods (especially fruits) can be frozen! Peaches, berries, things like that, are all super easy to freeze, and on a hot summer day, make an awesome frozen treat. :) I actually prefer my blueberries frozen, in fact.

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6/12/13 10:29 A

Thanks for the suggestion/comment. The Produce Guide shares the information you need but does require some interpretation and application. For example, under preparing celery it says, "Rinse well. Trim the top and bottom of each piece of celery and discard. Chop as desired." This would indicate you could prepare them ahead of time for easy snacking. Zip them in a bag once washed and ready (my mother always said to throw in an ice cube to keep them crisp).

However, for preparing fresh peaches it says, "Wash peaches just before use. Once peeled, eat or cook immediately or dip into water with lemon juice to prevent darkening." Apples would say something similar. This would indicate that these are not the best items to prepare ahead of time. Having them on hand to quickly wash and eat whole (or cut up for immediate eating) is best for these types of produce. If you want to have them cut up and on hand, you would cut them and dip in lemon or orange juice to prevent browning and then store in a airtight container. My daughter does this with apples when she packs her lunch each evening before bed.

Hope that helps some.

Coach Tanya

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,257
6/12/13 10:26 A

Sauté the onions and celery together with chicken broth and garlic, let cool and freeze into packets to be used in a rice dish, Kashi Pilaf, into stuffing mix, on top of a steak maybe.

If you have left over veggies make soup and freeze it for a quick meal or a cup of soup as a compliment to a meal.

6/11/13 11:39 P

One of the most common tips I see for getting more fruits and veggies in is to cut up fresh produce so it's ready to go when snack time and meal time hits. The Perfect Produce Guide explains how to store produce up to the time you are ready to use it (which is SUPER helpful), but doesn't have any information on storing pre-cut items. Some items can't be stored pre-cut, others have different storage strategies, and other than putting them in a zipper bag and hoping for the best, I have no idea what to do with onions vs. celery vs. peaches.

Could a section be added to the Perfect Produce Guide to include storing cut fruits and veggies?

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