LIST: Summer produce to make for Fourth of July feast

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Summer is here and picking out the freshest produce can be a challenge. We're breaking it down to help you pick the freshest seasonal ingredients and how to make them last! A few fun ways to incorporate fruit & veggies into the Fourth of July. 

Fruits

  • Popsicles!
  • Ice cubes for drinks
  • Patriotic fruit salad (melon cut into shapes)
  • Patriotic skewers
  • Berry/Melon & Feta Salad with Balsamic and cucumbers
  • Grilled melon
  • Angel food cake with berries
  • Boozy fruit

Vegetables --- Portable Portable Portable!

  • Mini corn on the cobs
  • Portable veggies & dip (in small cups)
  • Greek Salad Skewers
  • Chicken Salad Celery Boat
  • Caprese Skewers
  • Wedge Salads

Covering some top seasonal produce how-to pick! 

 Berries

  • PICKING: vibrant color is key, Plumpness, limit the white shoulders on strawberries
  • STORING: 
  • Blueberries are the sturdiest and easy to keep. Put in a colander and rinse under cold water for a few minutes (some people also soak with water & vinegar). Lay out paper towel and drop berries on the surface, roll around to dry. Clean the ventilated container and place paper towel in before placing DRY berries back in. Replace paper towel if necessary
  • Strawberries are very porous and much more delicate. Rinse quickly. Lay on paper towel. Once dry place back in their washed & dried container with paper towel inside. Leave greenery on (unless they're going to the freezer)
  • Raspberries are the most sensitive off the 3. Take out of the carton. Discard any leaves, etc. Clean carton

Stone Fruit

  • PICKING: Vibrant color is KEY! Shaded areas are OK but stay away from green. Gentle squeeze where the stem would have been. Think about what you're using them for and WHEN!
  • STORING: Leave at room temperature to ripen. Once ripened put in the fridge for 1-2 extra days of life. TIP is to store the ripest fruit closest to the front of the fridge so you know when to eat them

Corn on the Cob

  • PICKING: Color & moisture are key! Tassels should be brown and sticky to the touch. MOISTURE is good here! Bright green color of the husk is KEY, husks are tight against the corn and damp. Feel the kernels through the husk (should be plump, if you feel holes, grab a different one)
  • STORING: Best way to keep it fresh the longest is in the husk. Place in a paper bag in the fridge

Watermelon

  • PICKING: Find the field spot (where the watermelon was on the ground), should be a creamy yellowish color. The darker the spot, the longer it was ripening on the vine. If there isn't a spot or its white, put it back. Give it a thump! A deep hollow sound is what you're looking for. Surface should be pretty hard. Heavy for its size
  • STORING: Room temperature uncut for up to two weeks. Once cut it will go fast because of the high-water content. Wrap in plastic wrap & put in the fridge

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