I’m at my farmers’ market every Saturday and I really have to pay attention that I don’t over buy fruits and vegetables because they are so beautiful and look so darn good. It’s easy to buy 2 potatoes or 1/2 pound of green beans, but I often get completely carried away when it comes to fresh peaches or corn that was picked just hours before the market opens. I realized early in the season that I threw out most of a bunch of parsley almost every week and knew there had to be some way to keep it fresh longer than a few days. I experimented a little bit and found a dandy way to make it last for weeks. I bought this bunch of parsley at the farmer’s market on Saturday, August 20, and it is still as fresh and as ready to use as it was the day I bought it. That’s over 2 weeks ago! No slimy stuff or shriveled up leaves need to be tossed here. Doesn’t it look like I just bought it!!!!
To successfully store parsley leave the band on and wash it well as soon as you get it home, let most of the water drain off, wrap it in paper towels and refrigerate for several hours. When parsley is chilled and some of the moisture has been absorbed by the paper towels trim off about an inch of the stems, place in a small jar of cold water and refrigerate on a lower shelf in the fridge. Change the water every other day and if the leaves should start to droop trim off another 1/2 inch of stem. I’ve trimmed the stems twice in the past 2 weeks. Its very important to keep clean fresh water in the jar. Even after 2 weeks the stems absorb most of the water. Curly parsley doesn’t stay as fresh and cilantro doesn’t respond to this treatment more than several days. But for hearty Italian parsley it works great. Now I never have to toss out one of my favorite herbs. I bet this bunch will stay fresh for another week.
Aren’t they beautiful!
I’m an easy going soul and don’t get bent out of shape over too many things, BUT it drives me crazy when people bring their dogs into the market despite the very clearly written notices at each entrance. When the market staff asks them to take their pet out of the market they act surprised that the signs apply to them. Somehow they interpret this sign as saying “NO PETS PLEASE…EXCEPT YOURS.”
And WHY do people smoke at a farmers’ market? That’s a hanging offense.
OK, enough for today.
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