Ten on Tuesday: Ways to Deal with an Overabundance of Produce

Answers vary depending on what you’ve got, but I like to do the following:

  1. Slow roast tomatoes in a 200 degree oven overnight.  Wash and halve the tomatoes (or leave them whole if they’re really small).  Line a baking tray with parchment paper or tinfoil.  Place the tomatoes on the tray skin-side down, then top with salt and pepper, herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil.  Bake overnight, or until your house smells like tomato candy and the tomatoes are tiny and dry.  Eat by the handful, or freeze in a tightly sealed container.
  2. Make a frittata!  Seriously, you can put anything in a frittata, especially excess greens.
  3. Or, for that matter, a quiche.  I like apples, onions, and cheddar.
  4. There no rule that says that pesto has to contain basil, pine nuts, and parmesan.  I like to make cilantro pesto with cashews.  Bzzz up your greens, nuts, oil, seasoning, and cheese (if you’d like), then freeze what you don’t anticipate eating in the next few days.
  5. I have friends who swear by green smoothies, but I’ve never partaken.  I’d advise against including apricot kernels, however, as they contain trace amounts of cyanide.  Yes, that cyanide.
  6. Root vegetables that have gone soft can be used to make stock, which can then be used in soup, risotto, or a variety of other things – or frozen.  Just don’t freeze it in a glass jar.  Trust me.
  7. Most firm vegetables can be pickled, especially cucumbers, zucchini, and beans.
  8. Wash and quickly blanch vegetables in boiling water, then freeze on a baking tray in a single layer.  Once frozen, transfer to freezer containers.  The texture won’t be as good as fresh, but you can conceal that in a risotto or vegetable puree.
  9. There are few things that aren’t delicious when baked with oil and seasoning or fried.  Think kale chips, sweet potato fries, fried green beans, homefries, fried green tomatoes.
  10. Similarly, there are few things that aren’t delicious when grilled.  You can grill far more things than you’d imagine – including peaches and romaine lettuce.  I might grill both of those things tonight, in fact.

 

Ten on Tuesday is a listserv-driven meme thingamagig.

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