Learn how to properly store and cook Fall veggies and fruits so you can prepare delicious, healthy family meals during the Fall season!
Fall is here, but that does not mean that there will be no delicious fruits and vegetables for you to eat. As much as we love fresh tomatoes and corn, there are still many fruits and vegetables that we can enjoy during fall/ winter.
This post looks at the fall fruits and vegetables. Find out how to buy, store and cook these beauties for maximum satisfaction.
Keep in mind that most of the fruits and vegetables mentioned here are best kept wrapped in plastic. Make use of reusable produce bags to ensure that they remain green and fresh. So, let’s start this guide.
1. Acorn Squash
How to Buy: Head over to the local farmer’s market to get your hands on acorn squash. Find one with deep colors and avoid the ones that have surface blemishes.
How to Store: Acorn squash should be stored in a dark area that has airflow for about three weeks.
How to Cook: The most common preparation method for acorn squash is halving. You need to have the seeds removed first. Then, you can stuff the acorn squash as you like and bake it. Moreover, acorn squash can also be sliced and roasted.
How to Buy: Once again head over to the local farmer’s market or the superstore and choose apples that are smooth and firm. They should have unblemished skin.
How to Store: To keep apples fresh, have them brushed with grapefruit, orange or lemon juice once they have been sliced. Whole apples should be refrigerated to ensure that their flavor and texture is preserved.
How to Cook: Apples are one of the most versatile fruits out there. They can be used in cocktails, for making baked goods and as toppings. Apples give fall fishes a special touch.
How to Buy: Many people have a misconception that artichokes are spring vegetables, whereas October is their second harvest season. Pick the ones that have a tight leaf formation. They should be deep green and heavy.
How to Store: Artichokes should be used the day they are bought. However, it is possible to store them unwashed in the refrigerator for up to four days.
How to Cook: A chef’s knife should be used to prepare artichokes to cut the stem and chop off the top part. Cooking shears can be used to trim the ends before steaming, roasting or boiling.
How to Buy: When it comes to beets, smaller ones are always better. They tend to be fresh. The beets should be cut soon after they are purchased to ensure that they do not extract the moisture from the bulb.
How to Store: Beets can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Make sure to store it in plastic.
How to Cook: Slice, trim, scrub and roast beets with salt to give it a touch of crunchy sweetness. It makes for an ideal side dish or salad. You can also add beets to baked goods.