Monthly Archives: April 2012

Keeping Your Berries Fresh

Keeping Your Berries Fresh

One of the Prairieland Food directors, June Glasgow found a great little gem of information on saving berries and we’d like to share that information as it is so welcome this time of year. Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries are favorites at our home but many people really prefer raspberries when berry season rolls around.

Aside from the pure joy of being visually appealing and energizing our taste centers, berries are a heart healthy food. Whatever berry you like best, it is full of anti-inflammatories, which reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.

If you’re a berry lover too, you already know that berries don’t stay fresh long, and especially raspberries seem to grow mold overnight, even when just purchased. Whatever your favorite berries are, here is a great tip to keep them fresh longer when you get them home.

How to keep your berries fresh longer – a recipe for berry lovers!

Prepare in a large bowl
1 – 1 part vinegar – white or apple cider.
2 – 10 parts water and stir around until blended.
3 – Add berries and swirl in mixture.
4 – Drain, rinse if you want (however the mixture is so diluted you can’t taste the vinegar.)
5 – Place in container and keep in the fridge.

This would equate to —
5 cups of water and 1/2 cup vinegar or
10 cups water and 1 cup vinegar.

“The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit, and voila! Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. So go forth and stock up on those pricey little gems, knowing they’ll stay fresh as long as it takes you to eat them.”

All credit for this berry gem recipe information goes to:
Simply Living Smart – Food Storage Videos and Healthy Recipes.
You folks at SLS have made our berry season brighter.

Berry Much Thanks! 😀

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Prairieland Food Strawberry Recipes

Strawberries and Cream  —  Strawberry Salsa

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How To Frost A Cake

How To Frost A Cake

– Instructions From A Pro –

~~~  And Easter Recipes  ~~~

When we crave something sweet and there is nothing prepared already, I bake a cake.  Although there are only two of us in our household, I have relatives close by who can share with us, when the cake is still fresh and luscious.

I’m not the pro mentioned in the headline. Heh.

When I decided to write this article, I thought I’d check online and see how many articles like it there are. Turns out, there are not that many. Huh. There are tons of videos but not that many (really good) articles that give directions in writing.  Even with that, I read a few of the articles I did find and since they state exactly what I wanted to say, I thought I’d simply give you the best I found along with the link and credit to the website where it resides. AND who has the very best article? — (IMHO)

Paula Deen – People LOVE this southern bell.

We love her too, down to earth and gritty even, she is the epitome of the home based southern cook.  In her article on how to frost a cake, everything is in line and perfect.  Going by her directions at PaulaDeen.com you’ll be able to frost a beautiful home baked cake without any problems.  Nothing fancy, just reminds us of our own home kitchen and similar cake we like to make too.

More great finds at PaulaDeen.com

With Easter right around the corner here are a couple more things we found that we wanted to share with our baker friends.

Bunny Cupcakes – These are SO cute

Grandma Hieir’s Carrot Cake – Paula says “Not just any old carrot cake!” and from the photo it looks so unique I may be making this one for Easter dinner!

E is for EGGS and Eggs are for Easter 

Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs – I make some great deviled eggs but may have to try out Paula’s recipe as it is a tad different than my own.

Egg Casserole – A novel recipe and idea for Easter. The more eggs the better!  But best of all, with this recipe you have a way to use all the died eggs too.  Something to go with the leftover ham or lamb.

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That’s not all I found great about PaulaDeen.com but you can find all the great, good and yummy recipe stuff there for yourself.  Starting out to write the simple instructions for icing a cake tuned into a fun morning spent with Paula Deen.  Although we all know these celebrity people are online, how often do we think to go to their individual websites and take the time to seriously look around?  It really is worth the effort and time spent.

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