More Kitchen Discoveries and Food Tips...

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In this post, I'll focus more on some of the food discoveries we've made and are focusing on for the coming year(s).

Avocados - We love these little green monsters!  They're good in Huevos Rancheros (which my husband makes an incredible version) as well as Guacamole and a recent discovery of Seafood Coktel (Seafood Cocktail)!

The issue with Avocados is that if you get them soft from the market, you have to use them fairly quickly or they spoil (go brown).

So first, we only buy what we know we will eat based on our menu for the week - usually just one.  We can use 1 Avocado for 2 meals so it works for us.

Our newest discovery (new to us, probably not to others)  is to buy Avocados that are firm but ripe.  We then place one in a Brown paper bag and it ripens within 2-3 days!

How do you tell a firm but ripe Avocado? Many use the Squeeze method. However, if you use this method and it is soft, the Avocado may be ripe, but it won't be firm and you will have to use it fairly quickly.

Another way is to peel off the stem and look at the flesh below the stem,  If the flesh is dark brown it's over ripe.  If the flesh is light brown or yellow it is ready for eating.  However, if the stem flesh is yellow green, it is perfect for our purposes.

Potatos - You probably already know about our method for having potatoes ready to prepare for a meal by par boiling them Potatofor 20 mins and placing in the Frig. Then when you need a potato for any meal, take it out and re-cook /heat for about 5 mins.  Saves a lot of time and effort!

One thing we've started to adjust to is substituting potatoes in our meals with less carbs.  2 vegetables that we are working with is Cauliflower for mashes and Turnips for fries. 

We're also using more Sweet potatoes for fries as well.  All 3 may not have the vitamins of the a white potato, but they do offer less carbs!

Now if I can just get my husband to stop saying "Doesn't taste like potatoes, I want real potatoes!", we'll be good as gold LOL!

I'll be posting more Kitchen discoveries so stop back often and feel free to leave your comments and questions.



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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Jennifer Mackay, thanks for the tips, I never heard of par boiling the potatoes, I don't bring them into my home anymore but good to know. I love avacados as well, I just keep them on the counter till they're ready but will try the paper bag method. 

Dec 28, 2016 10:07 AM #1
John Meussner
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I love avocados on just about anything and use them daily, so glad you're discovering the many ways to enjoy them! (If you like tuna salad, avocado can be used to substitute for mayo ----- if you can get past the green color, it's quite delicious)

As for a potato substitute, I've got to admit, I haven't found one that quite stacks up to the deliciousness of the potato

Dec 28, 2016 11:43 AM #2
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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I didn't know that about potatoes.  I usually just cook extra to have on hand for pan fries.  But we eat a lot of rice here since potatoes are expensive.  Avos, though, they grow on the trees!

Dec 29, 2016 01:55 AM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Jennifer.  Love just love sweet potato fries.  Avocados, my wife doesn't care for them but I enjoy them.  Can we say tasty, BTW when is dinner?

Dec 29, 2016 02:30 AM #4
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