Brad has all kinds of fun kitchen tricks.
Maybe one of my favorites is when there is a bunch of basil – or a bag of spinach, or some carrots or herbs or whatever – that looks limp and sad. Maybe it wasn’t in the crisper in the refrigerator. Maybe we went to lunch after the market and left them in the car a little too long. Maybe I took something out of a bag that it would have been better off left in…
Whatever happened, the produce looks withered and faded.
(hopefully this is not how you feel after that glorious memorial day weekend. if it is, then use this same trick on yourself. plus maybe a pastry or two. i guarantee the holiday weekend hangover will be over in no time. and – cheer up! it’s “officially” summer!)
Just looking at those sad, limp, green leaves, you think you should probably just throw them away.
Like this kale, for example. I have no excuse, I just didn’t get to it fast enough and it sat in the bottom of the crisper out of a bag just a little too long.
I tried Brad’s magic trick.
Seems this week I’m just really not good at kale.
But a few hours later, I happened to walk by the arrangement, and I noticed that the leaves were no longer touching the tabletop I’d set them on.
24 hours later, the kale was pretty much 100% back to it’s natural kale-like state.
I will admit, it looked so pretty in the jar that I kept it on my desk for a day next to the gorgeous protea flowers I picked up at the farmer’s market.
Now I’ve had both kale and artichokes as floral arrangements. This is either multitasking or a giant waste of food.
And I just keep thinking of what I can do with all this kale…
So, I’m off to make lunch.