Passata is what we would always make at the end of summer. “We need to make the passata before summer ends. Let’s go to the farm and get some tomatoes!” my parents would holler…
I was exposed to tomatoes at a very young age in both Brooklyn, NY and Calabria, Italy not really knowing the impact it would have on me as an adult.
Every year at this time we start winding down from roughly two months of sourcing and preserving some of our region's best, meaty and organic tomatoes.
There's really no such thing as a short cut to caramelizing onions. I mean, you can try, but it'll never be 100%. The key is good stirring and temperature regulation.
This is an easy and versatile dough. I use the same basic dough for many flatbreads and crostini.
Blend them together and add them to your own tomato sauce for a rich, flavorful and veggieful pasta sauce, meat sauce or even home made pizza!
How To Keep Berries Fresh
Fresh berries are one of summer's great pleasures, but they don't come cheap — which makes it even more disappointing when a basket of strawberries or raspberries turns to moldy mush within days of purchase. Washing them before storage usually accelerates the deterioration, but Cook's Illustrated has a washing method that actually keeps the berries fresh longer in storage. Here's what they recommend:
Wash the berries in a diluted vinegar bath (1 cup vinegar plus 3 cups water) and spin them dry in a salad spinner lined with paper towels until they are completely dry. Store the cleaned berries in a sealable container lined with paper towels, leaving the lid open a little to allow moisture to escape.
The vinegar destroys bacteria and mold spores on the berries, helping them stay fresh longer. According to Lifehacker, this method extends the shelf life of berries by days, sometimes even weeks
How To Tell If Your Eggs Are Fresh
The color of egg shells have nothing to do with the quality of the eggs guys. Buy brown or white eggs! NOTE: old eggs are smooth & shiny while fresh eggs are rough & chalky. Buon appetito!
It's late summer which means there's tons of fresh basil everywhere in my garden which also means lots and lots of pesto in my family's future.
The best tomatoes for canning are the Roma variety. They have less water in them and store better because they have very little water inside them.
Peas are one of the first vegetables of the summer season guys. They also have many stages. They're very tender and bright green in color. When they're ripe, they are more plump and ready to cook.
Tomatoes can be very delicate and should be treated gently. Heirloom tomato varieties, in particular, tend to be more fragile.