A great week in Kingman! We had lots of very helpful volunteers and a lot of new people to Bountiful Baskets. Thanks for all your help, we really wouldn’t be able to do it without all of you.
This weeks basket had 1 cantaloupe, 1 pineapple, 1 bag of apples, 3 cucumbers, 2 baskets of blackberries, 1 head of lettuce, 3 artichokes, 9 tomatoes, 2 mango’s, 2 bell peppers, 9 onions, and 6 ears of corn.
Artichokes are one of my favorite things to eat. I grew up eating them as a kid and have always been fond of them. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized a lot of people out there had never had artichokes. For those of you check out how to cook and eat an artichoke. This is how my family always enjoyed them.
If you are looking for a refreshing treat and a way to use up your pineapple, mango, and maybe some of those oranges you have left from previous weeks try the Tropical Fruit Sorbet. A great summer time treat.
Don’t forget that many of the fruits and veggies that you get can be frozen and used at a later date if you know you won’t get through them or will be out of town. Bell peppers can be diced up and frozen and then added to soups, stews and almost any other recipe straight from the freezer. Same thing with the corn. Blanch the corn by placing in a pot of water for a few minutes and then drop in ice water to stop the cooking process. Then just cut the corn from the cob and freeze it. Berries need to be washed, dried, and frozen on a cookie sheet so they don’t stick together. Then you can place then in a Ziploc bag and store in the freezer. Add to smoothies, pancakes, muffins, and much more straight from the freezer.
Hope everyone enjoys their bounty and hope to see you next week. Let me know what your plans for your bountiful baskets are?