Fresh Produce - Can't Let It Go To Waste!
Monday, July 15, 2013
I must have been hungry when I visited some local farmers' markets last week. I brought home way more produce than my husband and I could possibly eat before it became overly ripe. When I opened my refrigerator today, there were 3 large cantaloupes sitting on a shelf, 2 of which were on their last leg. I bought each one at a different market, forgetting I'd bought the previous ones! (The joy of aging....)
The first one I peeled had no flavor, so it went into the compost. The next one was very sweet. It already had a couple of bad spots, but was too good to let go. I put 1/2 of it back into the fridge for dinner tonight. I diced the other 1/2 into large pieces. I put 2 cups into the blender with a 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries left from another meal, added 1 tsp (+/-) of Truvia, 1/2 cup of plain non-fat Greek yogurt, and a cup of crushed ice and had myself a fine smoothie for lunch. I put the rest of that 1/2 in 2 freezer bags, each with 2 cups of the diced cantaloupe and stuck them in the freezer for future smoothies (shouldn't have to add the crushed ice since the fruit will be frozen).
Summer produce helps make our sultry humid days worth looking forward to here in the South. Those of you in Florida and California with your long growing seasons are to be envied! For us in the mid-Atlantic region, we'll eat it fresh while we can, and freeze and can for cooler days of autumn, winter and spring. (I also love cooking up a big pot of soup with summer's bounty to enjoy in front of a fire on a cold day!)
Tomorrow will have me back at my favorite market. I'll TRY to remember not to buy cantaloupe!