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Friday, July 9, 2010

::Summer Food Tips::

Even if you be cool, we can make you cooler! Here are a helpful hints that we have gathered to help beat the heat and extend the shelf life of the bounty of fresh produce you will be buying this summer!

1)Your favorite summer beverage getting warm but don't want to water it down with even more ice cubes? Try this colorful and party ready tip I got from a co-worker in the office. Instead of ice cubes, try using frozen fruit such as strawberries, grapes, blueberries, melon balls, etc. Take whatever fruit you have lying around the kitchen, wash and dry it, place it on a cookie sheet, and pop it in the freezer. Once frozen transfer to a plastic bag. Not only will they keep your drink cool but they will taste great as well!

2) Extend the life of fruits and vegetable with a skin with this simple trick. Combine a tablespoon of white vinegar and a dash of salt in a bowl of water. Soak the produce for about a minute. The solution helps to preserve it!

3) Don't forget to freeze over ripe bananas! They can be used many ways from smoothies to ice cream!

4) Revive stale chips, crackers, and cereal with this tip. Place it on a cookie sheet and bake in a 300 degree oven for 3 to 5 minutes. Take out. Cool and store an air tight container. They will be refreshed and last an extra week!

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