Recipes: Mason Jar Salads

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These are just perfect for healthy and on-the-go lunches!

Pack them on Sundays and they keep fresh in the fridge all week.  Then, grab one in the morning on the way out the door and take it to work!

32 oz. mason jars are the ideal container for these salads because they are the perfect size, which is helpful for those that struggle with portion control.

Why a Mason Jar you ask?

  • The glass container keeps the ingredients more crisp and fresh compared to a plastic container
  • The shape allows only the wet ingredients to come into contact with the dressing on the bottom
  • The lids create a seal unlike most plastic lids
  • It looks pretty!

There is a method to constructing the perfect mason jar salad.  You have to keep the “wet” and “dry” ingredients separated to prevent sogginess.

Let’s get started:

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First slice and dice all your ingredients.  Like the radish, cucumber, olives, red bell pepper, mushroom, and radicchio seen here.  The sky is the limit in this department.  You can even use protein such as egg, chicken, salmon, you name it!

Pour in the dressing at the bottom. Place about 2T or about 1/2 inch on the bottom.

First, add the wetter ingredients such as cucumber, tomatoes and olives.

Next you can add the rest of the veggies:  Radish, mushrooms and red bell pepper.

Lastly,  add the radicchio and top with the spinach.

{While you are packing, press the ingredients down to create more space}

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When you are ready to eat your salad, just turn it upside down for a few minutes.  This allows the dressing to creep down and saturate all the ingredients.  You can even give it a shake or two.

* via CA Grown
http://cagrownblog.com/mason-jar-salad/

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DIY: How to Make Pomegranate Juice

Sure, you can buy pomegranate juice from the store, but why would you when it is this easy to make your own!  Fresh and free of preservatives, you can make this in just a few minutes and use it in jellies,  juices and even cocktails!

All you need is fresh, local pomegranates and a few kitchen gadgets.

1. Cut your pomegranates in half.

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2. In a container of water, submerge the pomegranate into the water and pull the skin from the arils.  You will be amazed at how easily it comes apart.

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3. Pick out the white membrane pieces.

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4. Strain the arils and allow to drain. Pick out any remaining membrane particles.

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5. Put the arils into a baggie and remove all the air.  Using the flat end of a mallet, gently crush the pomegranate seeds making sure not to puncture the bag.  It doesn’t take much!

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6. Cut a small opening in the corner of the bag and allow it to drain through the strainer.

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And viola, The result:  Clean, fresh pomegranate juice.  Nothing better.

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* via CA Grown
http://cagrownblog.com/how-to-make-pomegranate-juice/

Fun Apple Stamp Tote

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Did you know you can use apples, just like potatoes, as stamps for creating your own designs?  I opted to keep the “apple effect” and kept the apples fully intact.  It was super simple and easy enough for kiddos to tackle this project all by themselves!  I envision this as a cute teacher’s gift or even a reusable grocery bag!

 

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MATERIALS:

  • Generic tote
  • Ripe California apples
  • Fabric paint
  • Fabric pen

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut your apple in half

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2. Place a large amount of paint onto a paper plate

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3. Saturate the flesh of the apple

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4. Place the painted apple onto the tote.  Press down to make sure the apple makes contact with the fabric in every spot.

***Keep a piece of cardboard in between the tote layers to prevent paint transfer***

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5. Lift the apple to reveal your design!  Each print will be  a little different.  That’s what makes this stamping so unique!

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6. Mix your colors and apple slices if you prefer

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7. Use a fabric pen to outline the stamp and make the image stand out

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And DONE!

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*via CA Grown
http://cagrownblog.com/tutorial-apple-stamp-tote/

 

Old T-shirt to Produce Bag

Check these easy steps on how to turn an old T-Shirt into a useful produce bag!

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Skip the plastic and make a few of these to gather up your produce at the store. The vented bag helps your fresh fruits and veggies breathe and stay fresh.  Plus, it’s a great way to re-purpose those T-Shirts that you know you’re never going to wear.

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Start with a T-Shirt and a sewing machine (you can also hand sew if needed).

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Cut the neck and the sides as shown.  You can make different sized bags by cutting different widths and lengths.

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Turn the shirt inside out and pin around the sides and bottom.

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Sew the sides and bottom. But be sure not to sew all the way up the sides — you need to leave room for handles!

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Flip the bag right side out.  OPTIONAL : Using a sharp pair of scissors, snip 1-3″ lengths in the shirt, cutting through both layers.

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Stagger the cuts so they make a nice, vented pattern.

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And now you’re ready to hit the store or Farmers’ Market with your new bag.

* via CA Grown Blog
http://cagrownblog.com/tutorial-t-shirt-to-produce-bag/