What Jenn’s Lovin
For the past couple months my family has been enjoying almost weekly takout. From sushi to BBQ to tacos to fried chicken, we are making our rounds to pick up from our favourite local spots. Takeout or even eating out is not something we do very often but these are not usual times and giving myself permission to order takeout as a delicious and satisfying option to feed my family has brought my family so much joy.
It also warms my heart to see farmers supporting the restaurant community. Food is more than calories. It nourishes the soul and lifts the human spirit. We are all in this together, we can all eat more meals together and it’s ok to make takeout part of your weekly meal plan. Where will you order your next takout meal?
What Lynn’s Lovin
Veggies: To Wash or Not to Wash?
One of the most frequently asked questions that I get asked: “When fruits and vegetables are farmers market fresh or grown from your own garden, do you need to wash them, even if you are going to peel away the skin and eat the inside?”
The simple answer is yes. Washing removes dirt, insects, and residues. Produce can become contaminated through contact with soil, contaminated water, wild or domestic animals or improperly composted manure. Cutting through unwashed produce can carry dirt or bacteria to the inside flesh – something you want to make sure you do not eat.
To clean your fresh produce:
- Choose carefully. Choose fruit or vegetables that do not have signs of decay or mold. Cut off bruised or damaged spots that may harbour mold or bacteria.
- Use one cutting board for produce, and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, fish, and seafood.
- Remove tough or damaged outer leaves on lettuce, cabbage, and other leafy vegetables.
- Wash produce with clean, running water. It is not necessary to use a produce cleanser and never use soap or detergents.
- Scrub firm surfaced produce such as melons, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, parsnips with a clean produce brush.
- Store cleaned produce in clean containers or plastic storage bags to prevent them from being cross-contaminated.
- Keep your refrigerator produce drawer clean – wash and sanitize often.
- Wash reusable grocery bags frequently.
What questions food or nutrition questions do you have?
What Ellen’s Lovin
My new garden boxes
Not only will they hopefully grow some vegetables but they made me smile because it was a project that took a community to build.
Mike and I built them together, I connected with my garden community for advice on how to fill the boxes (leaves, compost and topsoil), I supported a local charity with buying seedlings (40 plants) and our family planted everything together.
Eat well…Jenn, Lynn and Ellen