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Asparagus

Types of Asparagus

Generally, thinner spears are more delicate and tender; thicker spears have stronger flavor and hearty texture. Thicker spears can be sliced on the diagonal into smaller pieces to cook more quickly.

❁ Green – the most common type.

May 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Asparagus Food Hero Monthly

Asparagus - Shop and Save!

❁ Look for stalks that are firm with tightly closed tips. Color can be bright green, creamy white or even purple.

❁ Stalks with the same thickness will cook in the same amount of time.

May 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Beef Food Hero Monthly

Kids Can - Beef!

When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:

❁ safely handle the sharp lids when opening cans.

❁ measure ingredients.

❁ use a spatula to break up ground beef as it browns.

Apr 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Store Well Waste Less Beef

Beef - Store Well Waste Less

■ Refrigerate raw ground beef and use within a few days after the ‘sell by’ date for best quality.

■ Refrigerate cooked meat for up to a week. Freeze for longer storage; use within 2 to 3 months in any recipe using cooked ground beef.

Apr 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Cooked Ground Beef

Thaw Ground Beef Safely

1. Refrigerator: Safest method. Allow 12 hours to thaw 1 pound. Meat does not need to be cooked immediately and could be re-frozen.

2. Cold water: Safe if water is kept cold and covers the package. Allow 1 hour to thaw 1 pound. Cook meat immediately after thawing.

Apr 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Beef Food Hero Monthly

Beef - Shop and Save

❁ Color of ground beef can vary from dark purple-red to a bright red on surfaces exposed to oxygen. Darker color on the inside does not mean poor quality or spoilage.

❁ Watch for sale prices on meat. Stock up if you can cook or freeze within a few days.

Apr 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Leeks Food Hero Monthly

Kids Can - Leeks!

When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:

❁ wash produce under cool running water.

❁ measure and mix ingredients.

❁ slice or chop produce on a cutting board by cutting down and away from their fingers and body

Mar 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Store Well Waste Less Leeks

Leeks - Store Well Waste Less

■ Leeks are best used soon after harvest. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to two weeks.

■ Wash just before use. Leeks need to be washed well because soil is pulled up around the stem as they grow. There is almost always grit caught between the layers.

Mar 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Leeks

Leeks - Quick Fix

❁ Leeks can be eaten raw or cooked.

❁ Use sliced leeks in salads– green, pasta or potato.

❁ Add leeks to casseroles for a mild onion flavor.

❁ Roast leeks in the oven along with your favorite vegetables.

❁ Add leeks to soups or stews.

Mar 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean
Leeks Food Hero Monthly

Leeks - Shop and Save

❁ Select firm, crisp stalks with as much white and light green as possible. (The dark green portion is not edible.) Avoid leeks with yellow or withered tops.

❁ Fresh leeks are generally available year round.

Mar 01
2017
 Posted by: dana.bean

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