Grapefruit-ade!

What do you do with those delicious grapefruit?  My sons like to eat them cut in half and sprinkled with sugar…sound familiar?  Do you supreme them and put them in salads?  I like all of those ways but my favorite way to enjoy those sweet-tart gems is to make grapefruit-ade.  Think lemonade…with grapefruit juice instead.  Simple idea, but refreshing and super yummy.  Best thing is, you can customize the following “recipe” to suit your tastes.  Having a barbecue or a birthday party and need more servings than usual?  …add more water and more sugar.  Like it tart?  …add less sugar.  Like it sweeter?  …add more, you get it.

Without further ado, here is the way I do it.  Feel free to change it up to make it your own!

2 cups grapefruit juice

1 cup sugar*

6 cups water

Stir the sugar into the juice until it dissolves, then fill your pitcher with the water and stir to incorporate.  Easy-peasy!

I know that this isn’t rocket-science, but some days a fresh perspective on the usual ingredients will spark inspiration!  Leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it, or how you enjoy grapefruits at home!

*(I use unbleached granulated, but beware — the unbleached sugar will slightly alter that bright fun pink of the ruby reds, regular white sugar wouldn’t do that)

Prep for Organic Broccoli

Broccoli is one of my all-time favorite veggies.  I have always liked it, even as a kid.  My Granny and I were the ones at get-togethers standing by the veggie tray eating the broccoli.  It’s something we’ve shared, and I like that.

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Aphids Love Organic Broccoli!

Here’s the tricky bit, virtually ALL organic broccoli has aphids.  Why, well because aphids (the little greenish-grey guys hiding in your florets) love broccoli and are nearly impossible to get rid of organically.  Organic eating means dealing with a few bugs rather than ingesting toxic poison. It’s a trade-off, but one that has amazing benefits for your health, and the health of the Earth.

No need to feed your chickens any more of that fabulous broccoli.  No need to [gasp] send nasty emails to the hardworking folks at the farm, not that you would do that, ahem [cough, cough].

Here is the method that I used today to get those pesky aphids out of my organic broccoli.  First I separated the bunches of broccoli from each other.  Then I filled up my sink with cold water about half way.  Next I added salt to the water.  Think ocean water as you taste it.  Seriously, add about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of salt to your sink.  Then comes the part that you may or may not enjoy.  I found it astonishing, but rewarding because I now knew that my broccoli would be clean and shiny when I was done.  Using a quick plunging motion, crown down in the water, get rid of the aphids.  Shake and plunge and shake and plunge.  You will see the little buggers just floatin’ away.

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Clean and Shiny!

Repeat with all of your broccoli and then set them aside, while you drain and rinse out your sink.  Then, using a sprayer if you’ve got one, rinse thoroughly with cold running water.  Voila!  Clean and shiny!  Way to go!

Oh! One more thing…Do this as needed.  By that I mean, if you want broccoli for dinner, do this as part of your meal prep.  Do not do this ahead of time, you will end up with rubbery broccoli.  After this careful, loving preparation it would be devastating to rubberize your prized broccoli, no?

Now that my organic broccoli is prepped and ready to enjoy, I can call my Granny!

How can I help you?

Sage Mountain Farm grows awesome organic sustainable food, right?!  You want to eat it and be healthy and socially responsible, right?!

Ever need help?  Ever need a recipe, or an identification or just some ideas on how other people are using Nature’s bounty from Sage Mountain Farm every week?  Never fear, I am here to help you.  Each week I will share with you, fellow CSA subscribers (and wannabees) what I am doing with the great food in my CSA box.  Stay tuned for some fun, and while you wait, why don’t you take the poll so I know whatcha  hankerin’ for!