Cherries

Jul. 5th, 2017 10:00 pm
[personal profile] brightly_lit
We bought a cherry pitter and had a blast yesterday pitting cherries so I could dry them and utilize the bags of cherries I'd already bought from the grocery store that I no longer wanted to eat, because .... We finally got some fruit from our CSA--cherries--and holy shit. Is it just me, or has fruit degraded in quality since we were kids (for me the '70s)? I haven't tasted cherries this good since I was little, but they DID used to taste that good. I guess it's all the importing/exporting of produce, which I read they do because stores get produce cheaper that way, which ... ??? ???? How can EVERYONE be getting it cheaper?? The numbers, they do not add up. Regardless, I'm perfectly happy to pay a little more for produce that ACTUALLY TASTES GOOD that was grown nearby. Like, way more than happy.

Anyway ... not sure how long these delicious cherries will hold up, but the pitter is there if/when there comes a day when I need to dry/freeze them, too!

Meanwhile, I've also been drying the greens we don't like (there haven't been a lot we don't like, but mustard greens are nasty, and fuck kale), crushing up the dried leaves, and then putting some in whatever--smoothies, or today, meatballs. You can't taste them at all (EVEN THE KALE), but they add some nutrition and get used, huzzah!

Please, please, if you have any better ideas for mustard greens, let me know!

Date: 2017-07-06 11:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalliel
I had the exact same thought the other day! Berries can be sort of hit or miss in Michigan--because it IS semi-famous for its cherries and its blueberries, if you hit it at the right time of year--but the cherries I got the other day were sorely disappointing. My god. XP This didn't stop me from eating the whole bag, but I feel bad for people who think that's just what cherries taste like and don't know the true potential of the fruit. D:

I've never used mustard greens, but I've heard tell that even raw you can put kale in a smoothie and have it taste like nothing--similar to spinach. I'm guessing they mean without the stalks, because I can't really envision those blending particularly well. XD But if you don't like kale, maybe that's not a safe experiment to be doing... (Haha, I was just thinking the other day how much I liked kale, because it's more versatile than lettuce, cheaper than lettuce, and lasts longer than lettuce! XD)

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