What was in those baskets on May 14th?

14 05 2011

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.

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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.

I got a case of blackberries and have several recipes in mind. First I wanted to try Blackberry Pie Bars and then I wanted to try blackberry ice cream. Check back to see how they turn out.

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?

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4 responses

14 05 2011
Janice Nilsen

Thank you for this information. This was my first basket and it is worth every penny and then some. Lots of good stuff. One comment my basket did not contain the quanities you mentioned. Only one cucumber and one blackberry basket. Maybe that’s the way it works. I am not disappointed at all just was wondering. Thank you and the volunteers. I had a good time and met some really nice people. I will continue and volunteer too.

14 05 2011
callie3

Your are totally right that your basket did not have the extra blackberry or cucumbers. After we are done sorting all the produce we will usually have extras of certain items. For example today we had extra mango’s, cucumbers, blackberries, onions, lettuce, cantaloupe, pineapple, bell peppers, and corn. These extras are then distributed back into the baskets so one basket may get an extra blackberry while another gets a pineapple or cantaloupe. We try to give the extras out as fairly as possible so there will be a little bit of variation between baskets. I am so glad you asked about that and happy you enjoyed your basket. Hope to see you in the coming weeks!

14 05 2011
Shannon

The kids and I had a great time! I love anything that gets them involved, and things that encourage them to eat healthier, and this does both. Thanks so much for bringing this wonderful program to our town.
I like to throw fruit in the blender with vanilla yogurt, then freeze into popsicles. The kids love that they can have as much as they like of this tasty cold treat during our hotter months!

14 05 2011
callie3

That is a great idea! I will have to give it a try, I am sure my kids would love it as well.
Thanks for all your help we love to see entire families out having a great time! Enjoy your produce and see you next week.

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