I decided this year to join a CSA. I got a split share with friends and so mine is only a half (I wanted to start out slow this year). I got my first group of stuff this week.
- 1 head of red leaf
- 10 radishes
- 2 scallions (so random)
- a bunch of cilantro
I did a lot of research before I got my veggies and learned the best way to deal with this produce is to properly wash it and store it.
I cut up the red leaf and then washed it numerous times in a salad spinner. I considered buying veggie wash but after some online research I realized that a DIY version was cheaper and would have the same effect. Via pintrest I found this blog post that says that wash fruit in 10 parts water 1 part vinegar. I tried that with my lettuce and so we’ll see how that goes.
After I washed it I dried it with the spinner and then left it sitting out to dry. Then I put all that lettuce in 2 small mason jars with some paper towels. I won’t really get to see how long it will last because we are probably eating most of the lettuce tomorrow night.
Next came the radishes. The key to washing these was a vegetable brush, I didn’t even need my home made veggie wash.
I bought this one from amazon and look at the before and after. It made the radishes sparkle!
So what am I going to make?
- Lettuce – salad (nothing exciting)
- Radishes – Radish chips
- Cilantro – Vegetarian Burritos
- Scallions – I don’t know I only have two so I’ll throw them in something
I love that the CSA forces me to make my meals around what is actually supposed to be growing. This round was a little weak but I hear that CSA’s get really good in the middle of the summer.