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.
I stuck the kale in a jar with a good amount of water. I set it in a sunny spot, but not one that got direct sunlight.
And I – once again – forgot about it.
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.
The leaves felt a little stronger to the touch. A little more rigid and tough. So I left them a little while longer. Just to see what would happen.
24 hours later, the kale was pretty much 100% back to it’s natural kale-like state.
I was really amazed at how it had transformed from being limp, soft, and inedible right back to being tough, thick, crunchy kale.
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.