Monday, September 21st, 2015

Fall Produce Guide (via @saveurmag)

The days are getting shorter, the temperature, cooler. Everybody is complaining, but here we are celebrating! It may seem crazy, but we’re getting tired of throwing every food product we know onto the grill, and we think our grill is getting tired of it too.  It’s time to let that BBQ of yours rest and make use of your other kitchen appliances. Wipe the dust off your crock pot and pans, and get in the spirit of fall!  There is no escaping the reality that summer has ended and fall has begun, when stores are being stocked with apple cider and the advertisements for halloween costumes are already on TV. Instead of dreading the impending cold weather, let’s get prepared with this guide for the best produce to buy, ways to keep it fresh, and recipes to cook with!

Photo Credit: Vanessa Rees

Fall brings a lot of delicious produce with it, such as apples, beets, pears, persimmons, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, carrots, fennel, figs, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and the list goes on. But, today we will focus on apples.

There is a reason why the smell of apples stewing and the snap of picking apples brings to mind cozy fall nights. Apples are the spirit of fall. But, not all apples are the same. While Granny Smith, Gala, and Red Delicious are best eaten raw; Pink Lady, Mutsu, and Jonathan apples hold their shape well, so they are perfect for baking; and, McIntosh apples can be used for applesauce or eaten directly off the branch.

Tips: Apples should be stored in a cool, dark place. Early in the season, apples are best eaten soon after purchase, but as the season progresses they will last longer. Apples picked late in the season can keep for months!

Once an apple is cut, it oxidizes quickly. To prevent browning, squeeze lemon juice overtop your cut apples.

Read the full fall produce guide here.

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