What to look for in a farmers marketWritten by Shauna Hanus
It is time for farmers markets. They are popping up all around country. They can range from a true farmers market with farm fresh produce locally grown and sold by farmer to more of an arts and crafts show. When shopping at a farmers market consumer needs to be wary of anyone selling fruit or vegetables that are not locally grown or are out of season. It is becoming common practice for some marketers to purchase same produce that is available at grocery and sell it in farmers market venue.
Here are a few tips on what to look for in a farmers market.
•Fresh local fruit and vegetables, no commercially grown produce.
•Good prices, price should be comparable to grocery store. You may find that in some areas farmers market is a bit higher but this can be well worth it if produce is local and fresh.
•Look for moist fresh looking produce. If corn was picked yesterday it will begin to dry out at bottom. Look for signs that fruit and vegetables have been harvested within last day. Do not be afraid to ask when produce was picked. If it is farmer you are talking to they are likely to take pride in their selection.
How to Carve a TurkeyWritten by Michael Lansing
To someone who is just learning to cook, this topic may seem like one of hardest meals you will ever have to prepare. Needless to say, if you’re having a turkey there’s usually company involved which means a number of hungry people are relying on you to prepare a great meal. This can be very intimidating. Luckily we have all information you need, in order to ensure a great meal for you, your friends and your family.
In order to successfully carve a turkey, you will need to have following pieces of equipment:
•One warm serving platter •A pair of kitchen scissors •An electric knife or a large slicing knife (you may want to choose a manual knife since they provide more control than electric ones) •A small carving knife or fork for arranging and serving meat
Now that you have equipment you need to carve turkey, follow these steps in order to become a turkey carving expert:
1.Leave turkey to sit 20-30 minutes after roasting and before carving. This will make meat moister and easier to cut. 2.After turkey has sat for time indicated above, transfer turkey onto a cutting board; this is where you will begin carving turkey. 3.Remove Leg: To do this, hold drumstick firmly with your fingers and gently pull meat away from body of turkey. While doing this, cut through skin between leg and body. Next, cut through joint joining leg to backbone. Then separate drumstick and thigh by cutting downwards through joint, until knife hits cutting board. 4.Slicing Drumstick (Leg) Meat: Once you have detached leg from rest of body, you will want to slice meat. Hold drumstick in an upright position and turn drumstick in a circular motion while cutting downwards. This will produce tasty slices of meat which are approximately equal size.