CSA – First Week

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

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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.

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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.

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I bought this one from amazon and look at the before and after.  It made the radishes sparkle!

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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.

🙂