Wednesday, July 20, 2011

{ Tips for Eating and Cleaning Greens + Your Peek }

Well, I didn't get a chance to grab a "peek" at our box for you while the veggies were fresh and beautiful last night because we had some friends over so I hope that this shot of the yummy tomatoes and basil we got will suffice. They came together in a bag that just reeks of caprese salad; in fact, they smelled so much like that that I think I will have to use them for that very purpose. Other new treats we got this week were cauliflower, zucchini and kohlrabi greens. We also got more shelling peas (yay!), lettuce, carrots, broccoli, salad greens and garlic. Yum!

We mostly got salad greens this week, but we love greens of all types. In fact, we look forward to the variety of fresh greens we get in our CSA box. When I try to buy non-lettuce greens at the store they're usually on their way out and more bitter than what we get from the farm. A lot of you probably don't eat greens because you never have. It's one of those you don't know what you don't know kind of scenarios because lets face it, greens are not a staple of the American diet. (OR you had canned or store bought greens that weren't so tasty once and never ate greens again.) So I'm going to throw out a few tasty and easy ways for you to enjoy greens and an amazing tip on how to clean them quickly.

Let's start with the best way to clean your greens since you can't eat your greens until they're cleaned. Kyle and I used to cut out the large center stem until Aviva from The Six O'clock Scramble taught us the real way to clean greens. I haven't used a knife to clean my greens since, just to cut them. So here we go!

First grab hold of your stem with your non-dominant hand, that's the left for me, as pictured above.

With your dominant hand slide the thumb and forefinger up the stem. Voila!

Isn't it amazing how cleanly the stem comes out? It's as if they were made to be cleaned this way. It's so quick and easy and almost fun. After removing the stems, we chop our greens and then wash them in the salad spinner (I know, they're supposed to be washed before storage but that never happens in our house).

Now that your greens are clean, on to ways to prepare them.

Kale Chips
This is my favorite new way to eat kale this year. After cleaning, chopping and drying your kale you toss it with olive oil and sea salt and bake! It's that easy.

Here's a complete recipe from The Six O'clock Scramble:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. ...Coarsely chop (1 bunch) kale, spread it on a baking sheet, drizzle it with 2 Tbsp oil and toss (hands work best for this) thoroughly, then sprinkle with 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt over the kale. Bake for about 20 minutes, tossing once, until the leaves are crispy, but make sure they don't turn brown and get overly crispy or they will taste burnt.

We have these for around for snacks and with dinner. DO NOT store them in a sealed container or baggy, they will get chewy. We lightly cover whatever dish they're in with foil or not at all.

Steamed or Sauteed

After cleaning and chopping your greens either steam them or sauté them in oil and serve dressed with balsamic vinegar. If you want to get fancy, toast some almonds and add Craisins or golden raisins to your sauteed greens.

In a Salad

I just recently learned that the more delicate greens like chard and beet greens can be eaten in a salad too and they are delicious this way.

For more ideas on how to eat your greens, check out Joanna Rodriguez's guest post { 5 Easy & Delicious Ways to Use Up CSA Greens } on Kitchen Stewardship.

What's your favorite way to eat greens? What's your favorite green? I think that chard and kale are tied in my book.

1 comment:

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It's an easier way to clean the vegetables and segregating the stem.

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