Food and Drink

14 Ways to Preserve Food

  1. Try lining your refrigerator's crisper drawer with paper towels; they'll absorb excess moisture and keep your vegetables from rotting
  2. A bay leaf in a container of flour, pasta, or rice will repel bugs
  3. To make cottage cheese or sour cream last longer, turn the container upside down -- this creates a vacuum that inhibits the growth of bacteria
  4. If you're unsure of an egg's freshness, put it in a cup of water; fresh eggs sink, while bad ones float
  5. Store fresh herbs (washed and sealed in plastic bags) in your freezer. They'll stay fresh for a month and defrost instantly when you want to use them for cooking.
  6. Make limp celery, carrots and radishes crunchy again by placing them in a bowl of ice water with a slice of raw potato.
  7. Spread butter on the cut side of hard cheeses to keep them from drying out in the fridge.
  8. Put rice in your salt shaker to absorb condensation and keep salt from hardening.
  9. Store your butter in the freezer; it will keep fresh for up to six months.
  10. Corn should be refrigerated while still in the husk to stay fresh the longest.
  11. Citrus fruits can last up to two weeks right on the counter.
  12. Garlic and onions need to be stored in a dark, cool pantry, where they will stay fresh for up to four months.
  13. Berries keep the best when refrigerated unwashed in their original container.
  14. Asparagus should be stored upright in the refrigerator in a jar in an inch of water.

FREE FRUIT

Run by so-called urban foragers, FallingFruit.org has an interactive map that shows where you can harvest your own fruit -- as well as herbs, nuts and vegetables -- from trees and plants that grow mostly on public lands. You can sort by location or fruit type. Then you can drill down to individual locations to see what type of fruit grows there, when it’s in season, and whether it’s on public or private land. You also can see reviews by other foragers and a street view image courtesy of Google.


Las Vegas on the cheap

This is what I learned from my very first Vegas trip.

Stay at a hotel north of the strip. A short walk or monorail ride can get you to the strip in minutes. We booked a room at the Westgate.

Avoid all the come-ons. The Westgate was going to give us a free meal and a show for sitting thru a 90 minute time sharing presentation. Several artists were giving away their music. In exchange for an autographed CD, they wanted a donation.

Bring a cooler filled with beverages and sandwiches. You get complimentary beverages while you gamble, but not while you are in your room. And don't expect a microwave oven in your room either.

Seek out smaller/local casinos like Ellis Island and Brewery. Beer was 2 pints for $4.50 and breakfast is $4.

Hit this liquor store across from Bally's on Flamingo Boulevard for cheap spirits!

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$40 Worth of Wine 4 Volunteering

I know u didn't do this cause I didn't see you there. Perhaps you were just wage slaving today!

Bottling Volunteers Needed
 
Thursday, 12/10 bottling:
9AM - 4PM
* Wine samples, lunch @ noon-ish,
and two bottles will be provided.
 
2015 Traditional Mead

A semi-sweet wine with honeycomb character
and dried grass notes.

Crafted with 100% raw Alfalfa/Clover honey
Sourced from Salida's own beekeeper, Jamie Johnston of The Beekeeper's Honey Boutique.

13.2% Alc/Vol
 
Friday, 12/11 bottling: 
8AM - Noon
* Wine samples and two bottles
will be provided.

2014 Vino Vermouth di Salida

Our Bianco and Extra Dry versions of Colorado Vermouth, crafted in conjunction with Wood's High Mountain Distillery!
 
This is Colorado's First Vermouth in History!!!

Black Muscat fortified with our herbal/spiced clear brandy.

17.5% Alc. by Volume