1. Sort and rinse the berries.
2. Allow to air dry or pat gently with paper towels to remove surface moisture.
3. Spread in a single layer on flat pans or baking sheets. Freeze until firm.
❁ Bananas are available yearround at low prices. Yellow bananas are the most common and can be eaten at several stages of ripeness. Red bananas are shorter, plumper and only eaten when ripe. Plantains are related to bananas but are starchy, like root vegetables.
❁ When bananas are peeled or cut, the flesh starts to brown. Browned bananas might not look attractive but they are safe to eat. Reduce browning by:
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:
❁ peel bananas. Try starting at the end away from the stem. The skin is less fibrous and easier to pull apart.
❁ mash bananas with a fork. A flat dish or plate might make mashing easier.
■ Bananas are usually stored at room temperature. They continue to ripen after harvest. The warmer the temperature, the faster they ripen.
❁ Whole raw chicken may be cost less per pound but some parts have little meat.
❁ Large bulk packages of pieces may be cheaper per pound than smaller packages.
❁ Boneless, skinless pieces cost more but save time and have the least waste.
You can’t see, smell, or taste harmful bacteria that may cause illness. Cold temperatures limit their growth and thorough cooking destroys them.
❁ Eat or refrigerate pre-cooked chicken within 2 hours of purchase.
■ Refrigerate raw chicken and use within 1 to 2 days for best quality.
■ Refrigerate cooked chicken for up to 3 or 4 days. Freeze for longer storage; package in recipe-sized amounts; use within 2 months for best quality.
■ Freeze raw chicken to store for 9 to 12 months.
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it.
Show kids how to:
❁ adjust the temperature on the stove.
❁ measure ingredients and stir things together.
❁ wash and chop veggies or cooked meat.
❁ Tofu is usually in a refrigerated case. It may be packed in water or vacuum packed without water. There are also shelf-stable packages that do not need refrigeration until opened.