Time is of the Essence
At different times of the year fruits and vegetables are in season which make meals that are always fresh and full of goodness.
At different times of the year fruits and vegetables are in season which make meals that are always fresh and full of goodness – planning your meals helps keep food fresh and also reduces waste! This season, we’re spoilt with fresh fruits that make exciting salad combinations that are as surprising as they are delicious.
With fresh food it’s important to store your fruit and veggies properly to avoid any unnecessary waste. In order to do this, it's always good to know how long your goods will last. If you plan your meals in advance with our Weekly Meal Planner and Shopping List, you can ensure that your items are at their ultimate freshness when you eat them.
Items such as lettuce or berries will need to be guzzled up fast as they go off quickly (normally over 1-2 days). Oranges and eggplants can last for very long periods of time, as well as carrots, apples, onions and potatoes. If your fresh foods exceed their expiry date, a good idea is to make a stir-fry like this, as an example: Sweet and Sour Citrus Pork Stir-fry (the pork can always be substituted with chicken, tofu or soya).
With fresh things such as milk or yoghurt (and especially dairy or meat), one should pay close attention to when the product is past its Best Before Date. Meat should be eaten soon, as it can be very dangerous to ingest if it isn’t fresh. If you have bought meat, but realise that you can’t cook it that evening, put it in the freezer to save for another meal.
Our South African fruit is exceptional at this time of year, so put a fresh, zingy twist on a traditional salad and try making a fruit-inspired salad. You can still create a base of green lettuce, but try adding pear slices, crumbly blue cheese and crushed walnuts for a fresh take on an old classic. Or, if there’s no cheese in the house, add a splash of our KNORR Creamy Blue Cheese Salad Dressing. Or take a look at Chef Wendy’s Scrumptious Salad suggestions.