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Kitchen Hacks

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04/25/2016 09:25 AM

Greeting from Tink World!

If you’re like me, time is scarce. You don’t always have a quick way to do things, especially in the kitchen. Well, there are a few hacks or short cuts that can help save time, make things easier and even help make things last.

It’s asparagus season. Asparagus is one of my favorite things. However, it can get lost in the fridge and overlooked, at least in my world. To make it last longer, store it upright in a container with about an inch of water. Cover the tops loosely with a plastic bag. Like flowers you’ll want to change the water when it gets murky. You could also wrap a wet paper towel around the bottom and throw the bunch into a plastic bag. The trick is to keep it cold and wet.

I use a lot of herbs while cooking throughout the year. Sometimes I don’t or can’t use what I bought or picked. Plus, it’s nice to have herbs for soups and stews in winter when you can't run outside to pick them. To store herbs for use whenever, you’ll need ice trays and either olive oil or melted, unsalted butter.

Remove herbs from stalks and chop larger pieces. Fill each section of the ice tray halfway with herbs. Fill with olive oil or melted butter. Cover tray with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 8 hours. Transfer herb cubes to a freezer bag or container that can be frozen. Heartier herbs, like thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano work well. Softer herbs like mint and basil also work, but don’t stand up as well.

Did you forget to thaw your meat for tonight’s dinner? No worries! Throw the package in a plastic bag and fill a small compartment sink or a bowl with warm, not hot, water. That will speed up the thawing process. Don’t use hot water or microwave. Those methods start cooking the meat.

As for markets, Team Tink will be at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market on Tuesday, April 26. The market is across from the Kroc Center from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Then, on Saturday, April 30, Team Tink will attend the Decatur Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Best sure to make plans to come see us this week!

You just can’t let people that pass through your life and make such an impression go unnoticed. One of Tink’s mentors, a fellow cattlemen and friend, Mr. Marion Barnett Jr., passed away on Sunday, April 24. Mr. Marion owned and operated Barnett Angus Farm in Washington, GA. Fly high, Mr. Marion. We hope you know how much Team Tink loved and appreciated all you’ve done for us over the years. You will be greatly missed.

Much love,
Team Tink


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