If you signed up for a CSA this year, you’re probably getting pretty excited these days. After all, most CSAs are getting ready to start deliveries within the next couple of weeks. A CSA box, however, can be both exciting and intimidating. How are you going to use all of those vegetables? What exactly is a kombucha squash? Or tat soi? How do you use mustard greens? What can you do if you have a full two pounds of vegetables leftover on Friday and your next CSA box shows up on Saturday?
We’ll attempt to help you answer all of these questions in our weekly series, Cooking ‘Out of the Box’. Each week, we’ll take the contents of a typical CSA box and provide you with information on the produce, a list of recipes, serving suggestions, and tricks for using up everything in your box.
Here are a few things you can expect in a typical CSA box this week and next week.
Here are a few recipes you can make with these ingredients.
- Honey mustard glazed carrots
- Thai carrot soup
- Sauteed snow peas, sugar snap peas, and pea shoots
- Oven roasted broccoli
Fun fact of the week: Carrots should never be stored in the same drawer of the fridge as apples. The apples give off a gas that can make carrots taste bitter. Remove the carrot greens as soon as possible as they can rob the carrot root of moisture. Don’t buy baby carrots in the grocery store. They aren’t true ‘baby’ carrots. They are full sized carrots that are peeled/machined down to that little tiny size. Buy young carrots from a local farmers market instead. Or just buy full sized carrots. They are usually much more flavorful.
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