Recipe Ideas and Crop Information
Carrots: I like to peel the winter carrots. They are nice and sweet but sometimes the skins hold a bit of bitterness, especially because we wash them before storing them. Kevin thinks they still taste great with their skins, but I think they taste better peeled (he has the taste buds of an ogre). I've heard people still have some carrots left, and I'm loading you up with a lot more. Here are some recipes to use them up!
Cabbage: We love savoy cabbage, not just because of its cool looks. It's delicious and it's flexible leaves are great for cabbage wraps. You don't have to use the whole cabbage at once. We peel and use outer leaves as we need them, or you can cut in half and wrap in plastic, the leftover half should keep for at least a week. You can use it for any recipe that calls for cabbage, but here are few interesting ones to try:
Beets: These are the last beets of the share. Enjoy them any way you choose, but we are big fans of just plain roasting and eating with a little salt.
: These turnips aren't meant to store much longer than this - I recommend using them this week! They are delicious roasted, or with a honey glaze. Sometimes storage carrots can get a little pithy (small holes in the center). You can still eat them this way - don't worry!
Rutabaga: We love rutabaga, especially roasted (I know, I sound like a broken record with the roasting, but it does taste really good).
: These are definitely an ugly vegetable. Alien, bulbous and oversized (especially this years crop), it takes a dedicated local vegetable consumer to make it through one of these. They will definitely keep better in your fridge, so make sure they get there. I use a chef's knife to cut off the skin (it's not super thick, but I find it much easier than a pairing knife or a peeler). They are very sweet and edible raw, but also very good cooked.
Adirondack Blue Potatoes
: You can use blue potatoes in any recipe that calls for potatoes. There are thousands of varieties of potatoes, which originated in the Andes mountains in South America. Yes, there were no potatoes in Europe until they were brought back from the "New World". If you really feel like
nerding-out, read this article from Smithsonian Magazine on
How the Potato Changed the World."
Butternut Squash: This squash is on it's last leg, I recommend using it in the next two weeks. If you aren't able to use it right away, you can roast it and store it in the freezer for up to two months. I like to make a simple soup and freeze it in wide mouth mason jars to take out when we don't have time to make dinner.
For more ideas for Celeriac, Popcorn, Onions and Sweet Potatoes check out our previous emails or do a google search (that's pretty much what I do to pull these emails together . . . )
Brittany (With input from Kevin)