Choosing a Perfect Ear of Corn

A tried and true method of picking a perfect ear of corn is to peel back the husk and check for bright plump kernels. But that isn’t really such a good idea for two reason:

  1. You may get some nasty sideways glances from other shoppers and…
  2. That corn that looked so gorgeous and milky and bright when you peeled it will get sad and shriveled and starchy quicker.

 

So how can you tell if the corn you are holding in your hand is a keeper?

corn in husks

 

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Preserving Seasonal Fruits without Canning

We wait all year for the fresh fruits to come into season and it seems to pass so quickly – too quickly actually. We want to preserve these sweet morsels for the cold winter months but who has time for all the work of canning.  Luckily, it is fairly easy to freeze seasonal fruits.

fruit frozen

It is very tempting to just throw a bunch of fruit into a freezer bag and call it done.  But you usually end up with a big frozen block that thaws into a watery pulpy mess that is not really useful to make cobblers, pies, and smoothies in the months ahead.  But with just a bit of planning you can freeze these fruits so they stay in perfect condition.

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