Cooking 101: Fresh fruit & vegetable exposé
Spring has sprung… finally! Time to put away those recipes for hearty soups and stews and focus on the fresh fruits and veggies of the season. If you’re like some people, you’ve avoided preparing dishes that include certain fruits and vegetables because, really, you just don’t know how to peel, slice, and dice them.
You may be new to "uncovering" some of the season's most enticing and versatile fruits and veggies, but don't be afraid of them. Sometimes you just need a few tips to set you on your way to preparing food that is new to you.
There is more than one way to get things peeled and sliced, but what's most important is that you're comfortable (and safe) with the option you choose. Below are a few methods to help you perfect your peeling and simplify your slicing of some of the season's finest fresh foods.
These long green stalks are seen as the spokesman of springtime vegetables. Asparagus is good for you, easy to cook and versatile. Knowing how to "cut" asparagus will ensure that you keep the good parts for eating and the not-so-good parts for the compost pile. And the best part? You don't even need a knife to cut your asparagus! Try Easy Grilled Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan for a special spring treat.
The warm weather is finally here and the fruit salad at your favorite restaurant has fresh kiwi -- ym! Think about how easy it would be to replicate that salad at home.
Along with being so tasty, accessible, and a great source of vitamin C, (did you know the kiwi is actually a berry?) peeling kiwi can sometimes confuse and confound people. You might not even know what this vibrant green fruit looks like in the market. It comes in the shape -- and approximate size -- of a hen's egg and has a thin, fuzzy brown skin. Follow the steps, below, for easy steps to "peeling" a kiwi so you don't have to wait to visit your favorite restaurant to enjoy it!
This method of peeling a kiwi will help ensure you have round slices and doesn't even require much use of your knife until after the kiwi is free of its skin. Take care -- kiwi is very slippery! Also, try this Simple Kiwi Fruit Salad.