Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Great Kitchen Tip of the Week...Preserving your Fresh Vegetables, Herbs and Spices

As all vegans, we buy too many vegetables and sometimes some of them go bad before we can use them.

As an ongoing cook, using vegetables as my main substance, I have to make sure I always have lots of vegetables, spices and herbs. But I have to make sure I use every bit of my vegetable stack in time before they rot.  

So I decided to share with you all my way of keeping everything fresh to last a few weeks or months. 

You will need to have at all times bottles of Lemon Juice. Now I know lemon juice can be costly but Dollartree sells large bottles of lemon juice for $1 dollar each. I buy 6 bottles for the entire month.

I fill a large mixing bowl of half lemon juice and water. After rinsing the vegetable with water, I then dip the vegetable, spice or herb into the lemon water, I let them drain a bit then I wrap them in 2 paper towels and I bag them in a blue grocery bag. I use the blue grocery bag because the bag is breathable and it does not rot the vegetables. I also do this procedure to extra veggies I feel can rot faster, like mushrooms, cooking peppers and celery. Actually if you do this procedure with all your veggies, they will stay in good condition for up to 3 weeks. If bottled they can stay good for a month or over.

Here are some mushrooms and some celery I was trying not to let them go bad until I got to use them, but they actually they stayed in mint condition for 4 weeks.

Here is fresh ginger and 1 red pepper I wanted to save for a while, the red pepper was used withing 5 days and the ginger is now 2 months old and still in mint condition.

Before storing my cilantro and Brussels sprouts I always dip them in lemon water and then I put a folded paper towel over them before I put the lid on...the folded paper towel absorbs all the moisture preventing rottens from the food inside a plastic case. 

Now it will be in mint condition for up to 4 weeks.

This preserving method can be done with all vegetables, herbs and spices. I hope this information was helpful, a comment will be deeply appreciated...thank you.

From my Caribbean Vegan kitchen to yours...SALUD!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

What Do We Vegans Eat?

There is a common question all vegans get asked constantly..."What do you eat on your diet? How do you get your protein? and of course Is your diet healthy?

Well here is the answer:

We have a pyramid just like you do. Our pyramid consists of great protein, carbs and delicious desserts made from great fresh fruits and a plant based diet full of all you need to survive in a healthy way. We eat all fresh fruits and vegetables (mainly organic), no GMO, No Processed foods, only plant based and fresh fruit drinks, great yummy desserts sweetened with agave or maple syrup and lots of different grains, rice and pasta. 

Here is our vegan pyramid.

this is some of the great benefits we get by eating fruits and veggies.

This is my refrigerator, always full of veggies and fruits.

and this is what some of my dinners consist of...lots of veggies and fruits with salsa...delicious.

or a great taco salad.

From my Caribbean vegan kitchen to yours...SALUD!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vegan Organization

If you are a passionate cook like I am, the kitchen must be super clean, everything must be handy at all times and it all has to be organized in their proper places. Here are a few photos of great ideas to organize and decorate your lovely kitchen. Oh and if you have a basement then organize your fruits and vegetables in that cool room.

If everything has to be handy then plant and display your herbs and fresh fruit to decorate your kitchen.

A great way to show off all your vegetables and fruits is inside a wooden crates made into a storage bin.  

What a lovely round fruit and vegetable display storage unit. 

Clothes pin holder can hold and display your garlic, onions or potatoes. 

If you have a nice area in your kitchen to display your fruits and veggies, go for it.

Here's another wooden crate display.

this one is for basement owners. In case you need to store away fruits and veggies without being on view, just put them in the basement.

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