Wednesday, October 14, 2015

How to Keep Vegetables Fresh Longer

October 13, 2015 10:35 am

You try to eat healthy with a diet filled with fresh vegetables, but sometimes it seems like your veggies go bad before you can even eat them. Instead of constantly tossing out less-than-fresh veggies (and tossing out money in the process), use these smart tips to keep your vegetables fresh for longer.

  1. Don’t store fruits and vegetables together. This is one of the most common reasons why your fresh veggies go bad, but it’s also one of the easiest to avoid. Keep veggies away from fruit’s ripening agent, ethylene, in order to stop spoiling before it starts.
  2. Remove the bad parts. When you bring veggies home, snip or tear off the browned leaves or edges to prevent them from spreading.
  3. Store at the right temperature. Leafy greens, broccoli, celery, and root vegetables should be kept in the refrigerator, but denser veggies like eggplant, cucumbers, and peppers should be stored at room temperature to prevent softening.
  4. Store with the proper moisture. Vegetables like peppers, squash, and onions should be kept in dry places away from moisture, while beets, carrots, and celery thrive when kept moist. Wrap these in a damp cloth, store them in a jar of water or close them in a damp container in the refrigerator to keep them hydrated.

The Kitchn's Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables [The Kitchn]
Keep Fruits & Vegetables Fresher Longer [The Kitchn]
Cheat Sheet: How to Keep Vegetables Fresh Longer [Gardenista]

Category: Miscellaneous Tags: , , ,

Crack Open Six Different Types of Crab at Joe’s Crab Shack

October 7, 2015 4:25 pm

Of the 50 states, more than 60 percent of them play host to a Joe's Crab Shack. Lucky for the residents of Pennsylvania, their home state is on that list four times over. One of those eateries sits right along Mall Boulevard in King of Prussia. Like its many sister restaurants, the Joe's Crab Shack near Philly is always shelling out fresh seafood and happy hour treats.

Swing by after work with a few friends to grab a Patron Rita for $5 (or another libation for $3) and a few appetizers to share. Though happy hour is only held at the bar, you'll still be able to sample some of the fresh seafood that makes Joe's such a popular spot. Come for a dinner if you want the full experience, though. Regulars recommend calling ahead—the host will text you when your table is ready.

Dig into one of the eatery's signature "buckets of crab," which are exactly what they sound like. Snow crab, queen crab, and king crab are just a few of your options, and they all come with your choice of potato and either corn on the cob or hush puppies. Order them with one of Joe's six house seasoning blends, like garlic herb or spicy boil. Customers also praise the steampots, which showcase massive medleys of fresh seafood.

Joe's Crab Shack
244 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 265-2237

Category: Restaurants Tags: , ,

Toucan Swirl: Take the Kids (Or Yourself) Out for Fro-Yo

September 30, 2015 2:05 pm

Tucked away in a strip mall, Toucan Swirl is a fun, colorful frozen yogurt shop offering a wide selection of flavors and even more tasty toppings. Explore the long row of self-serve frozen yogurt dispensers with daily-changing flavors such as salted caramel pretzel, classic tart, and fat-free almond. Once you fill your cup with as much yogurt as you like, move on to the toppings bar to dress it up with chocolate candies, fresh fruit, and breakfast cereals.

The friendly employees will weigh your frozen treat so that you can pay by the ounce, and if you choose to eat your yogurt in the shop, there are a number of brightly colored cafe tables throughout the dining area.

Toucan Swirl
148 Eagleview Boulevard
Exton, PA 19341
(484) 879-4103

Category: Things To Do Tags: , ,

Pin It on Pinterest