Plus: How to Store Basil and Parsley
So happy to see the Farm newsletter back!
Re: Storing herbs, with basil I try to use it as fast as possible, usually same day, or I freeze it in ice cube trays covered with olive oil. When available, I buy a basil plant, and keep it on my window sill, snipping when I need some.
I used to store Cilantro and parsley in a glass jar, stems in water, and covered by a plastic bag, in the fridge. The downside was it took a lot of room in my fridge and it was accidentally tipped over a couple of times, which made a huge mess. That is when I decided to try my wide mouth mason jars with the plastic screw lids.
I add water to the mason jar, a few inches, then cut the stems quite short, on the herbs. Remove the ties or whatever around the herbs. Add the herbs to the jar, stems downward. If any are sticking out the top, I gently coax them inside the jar. Put on the lid and store in the fridge. No fear of spillage, and the herbs are completely protected against bruising, etc. And actually, I find most herbs keep longer with this set up than the bag method. To access, simply pull up a few stems at at time until you have what you need and put the rest back in the fridge.
Hello Alex, I've been looking through your farm newsletters and regular posts. I didn't locate the socca/parm "pizza" recipe. Can you point me in the right direction. (ps I keep getting distracted by all the fresh, irresistible recipes I likely have missed the socca!) Thank you.
Okay, that chard hummus is incredible! Also, I made basil lemonade today and it was a huge success 🌿 🍋 Between that and pesto I don't think any basil is going to waste this year 😊
If you have beans and their cooking liquid in the fridge, Abra Berens' bean pot licker recipe on p. 109 of Grist is a fantastic way to use up greens.
Apologies for making everyone go hunt down a book (though Grist is definitely a book worth hunting down, if you haven't read it)! The gist of the bean pot licker is: saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft, add bean cooking liquid and greens and cook down veg, add beans and heat through. It's good even in the heat!
The dreaded “Leafs Season” that challenge farm to table chefs yearly. Thank you for some great ideas!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
I got a big head of bel fiore radicchio in my share last week and I don’t know what to do with it. It looks more like romaine lettuce than the radicchio I’m used to. Any suggestions on how to cook it?
I am also thrilled to see this newsletter back! For storing fresh cilantro, I’ve had great success wrapping small bunches completely in a paper towel, and storing in a ziplock bag in the crisper drawer. I do this with cilantro from the garden when it sprouts all at once, and I’ve had it last for 4-6 weeks when stored this way. I make sure the cilantro is 100% dry before wrapping, and sometimes replace the paper towels after 2-3 weeks if it seems like there is any moisture. For longer storage, I chop it in a food processor, stick it in a mason jar and completely submerge in olive oil. As long as it stays under oil, I can use it all winter long.
So many of my favorite recipes last summer came from this newsletter, but here are a few that I’ve made and enjoyed recently:
I live in Kansas, so my farmer’s market offerings seem to be a little ahead of yours. We recently had cauliflower and new potatoes available, and this recipe was the perfect use for them. I served it over cilantro rice one night, and had the leftovers with salad for lunch. https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/04/sheet-pan-chicken-tikka/
I haven’t tried but am intrigued by the idea of cauliflower bahn mi https://minimalistbaker.com/cauliflower-banh-mi/?fbclid=IwAR1l7fMJZGENk58XafdvZ69M5NBnOWo94xVy9Wzv_ZdrL93WJFsQCcQo7F0
We’ve been blessed with fresh strawberries, which I mostly eat straight away and fresh, but this weekend I had some that needed to be used quickly, and were great in muffins https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/strawberry-muffins/
Thank you so much for this, Ali! I love your recipes and always learn something about how to be a better cook! I grow lots things in my garden and I have a CSA, as well. I find storing herbs like basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, etc in a glass of water is a must, but I have started doing it with lettuces, too, and find it really works well. Some lettuces seem to do fine at room temperature and others like the fridge. I usually slice a bit off the bottom of the stalk so the water can be better absorbed.
Glad you're back, friend!! x