Zucchini Blossoms How-To

Zucchini blossoms are a fun treat in season now! They're one of those things that look incredibly impressive once prepared, but are actually really easy - a great way to impress guests! Check out these preparation tips that will help ensure your dinner party is a hit. My go-to cooking method is pan-frying, as it's a nice balance between baking & deep-frying. It gives them a deliciously crisp coating, but allows you to limit the amount of oil used.

Stuff them: 

  • Use a soft cheese (ricotta & goat’s cheese are the most popular) mixed with herbs of your choice (ex. garlic, basil)

  • Gently wipe flowers with a wet paper towel

  • Remove stamen from the center of the blossom, using scissors

  • Mix cheese, herbs & any other desired fillings

  • Use a piping bag to squeeze the cheese mixture into the blossoms (if you don’t have a piping bag, simply use a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off)

  • Twist the tops of the blossoms shut as tightly as possible

Cooking the blossoms, stuffed or un-stuffed:

  • Batter & deep fry the blossoms; use a batter of sparkling water or beer, flour & egg

  • Pan fry the blossoms with olive oil & garlic

  • Drizzle olive oil on the blossoms & bake on a foil-lined cookie sheet

  • Add to pasta, on top of pizza or eat them raw in a salad

Recipe tips & tricks from Alex Chesney, RD

 

Freezing Rhubarb

Rhubarb is such a classic taste of spring, and we're always a little sad when the season starts to wind down. But it doesn't have to be goodbye until next year! Try freezing some to enjoy all winter long with these easy steps: 

1. Trim off leaves (they are actually poisonous!) and about an inch from the bottom of the stalk.
2. Wash and dry thoroughly and chop into chunks about an inch thick.
3. Transfer chunks of rhubarb into a freezer-friendly zipper storage bag and place in the freezer.

There you have it! Easy as 1-2-3 :) Freezing fresh produce when it's at peak season is a great way to ensure your winter diet stays full of variety & health.

We also freeze some here on-farm so feel free to drop by any time!

Alex Chesney, RD

 

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How to Store Asparagus

Did you know the best way to store asparagus is upright in water in the fridge? If you do this, your asparagus will keep for almost a week! We hear this question from customers all the time, and we want to make sure you get the most out of your purchase. Although, we really doubt you'll be able to resist it for that long!