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Fresh Tips & Storage Instructions 28/05/2020

These will help your delicious ingredients last longer and go further – they’re too good to go bad.

CORN

~ IN ALL BOXES~

Did you know that on average, an ear of corn contains 800 kernels in 16 even rows? You may be bored in lockdown, but we wanted to save the trouble of counting so that you can devote your time to cooking your butter-coloured, sweet mielies to perfection. Unless you’re using them right away – within a few hours of opening up your Market Box – you’ll want to store the corn unhusked in a brown paper bag in the fridge’s veg drawer. 

FRESHLY BAKED BREADS

~ IN ALL BOXES~

Freeze one of your breads for now. When you’re ready to eat and enjoy, defrost your loaf, spray it with some water (so it doesn’t dry out), pop it in the oven at 180°C for 15 minutes, and voilà! You've successfully stopped time.

SWISS CHARD

~ IN ALL BOXES ~

This leafy green looks like spinach, can be used like spinach – but is a little different and perhaps even more beautiful, with its coloured stalks. Some find it bitter when cooked, and if you’re among them, try chopping up leaves and stalks alike for delicious addition to a wintry salad of greens and grains. On the other hand, you might love them braised or sauteéd with garlic. 

PINEAPPLE

~ IN ALL BOXES~

Did you know that pineapples were once a rare, covetable symbol of wealth and power in some European countries? They’re just about as difficult to get hold of these days, as South Africans find a love for home-brewed pineapple beer, but we found some! Store yours in the fruit bowl or veggie basket until it’s ripe, then into the fridge it goes until you’re ready to slice it up and enjoy it. Once it’s chopped, store it in its juices in a tightly sealed container in the fridge – and pop the head in some water to watch it grow roots and turn into your own pineapple plant! 

MILK

~ IN YOUR MEDIUM, LARGE & VEGETARIAN BOXES ~

Your fresh milk comes from the pristine Langvallei family farm in the mountains surrounding Roberston. Their cows enjoy fresh green pastures munching on good grass, just as cows should. Your milk is preservative-free and should last up to a week in the fridge, but can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

OAT MILK

~ IN YOUR PLANT BASED & LARGE BOXES ~

Your dairy alternative this week is Oat Milk. Produced by SOMA, Oatify is fresh oat milk produced right here in the Mother City. Oat milk is a highly sustainable replacement for cow’s milk. Plus, it tastes absolutely delicious (use liberally). Please note that because Oatify is a fresh preservative-free product, it requires refrigeration and should be consumed soon after opening – but we don’t reckon you’ll have any trouble with that.

Because we believe that you should know the food you eat on a more personal level.

GARLIC

~ ALL BOXES ~

Garlic is a great aromatic with multiple health benefits that are especially relevant for the winter months ahead. Keep your garlic out of direct light and moisture in a mesh basket or an open paper bag in a cupboard or pantry. When garlic is chopped or crushed, it produces allicin: a compound with health benefits that include combating heart disease. Try fermenting your garlic for extra health benefits. You could make black garlic, or leave whole bulbs in honey, among other methods.

EGGS

~ IN YOUR LARGE, MEDIUM & VEGETARIAN BOXES ~

Your eggs are laid by pasture-raised chickens that feed on non-GMO seeds. What that means is that these birds are free to roam with no fences locking them in. They have a warm protected coop to shelter in at night and lay eggs in during the day. By following the cows around the ranch, these chickens fulfil a niche role, while scratching and searching for grubs and seeds in the lush pastures of Spier Wine Estate. 

CORIANDER

~ ALL BOXES ~

Our coriander comes from Umthunzi Farming Community in 100% biodegradable bags that are compostable. If you want to prolong the freshness of your herbs and stop them from getting slimy, dry them off and put them in a sealable Tupperware. Coriander belongs to the same family as parsley and has been cultivated since 1550 BC – it’s even mentioned in the Bible! Fresh coriander like this can be made into a pesto, finely minced and served atop some braaivleis, or could even be roughly chopped and added to a salad, wrap, or curry.

SQUID

~ IN YOUR MEDIUM & LARGE BOXES ~

Squid is one of the more sustainable sources of seafood out there and is eaten around the world. The squid we provide arrives fresh, so it’s ideally kept that way until you want to cook it. Once defrosted, you can slice it into rings or ribbons for calamari or serve it whole for a show-stopping plate. Two methods work best: low-and-slow or hot-and-fast. Either way, you want your squid to be tender and just a bit toothsome. 

VENISON

~ IN YOUR MEDIUM & LARGE BOX ~

Our venison mince is the ethically sourced result of the game season: when animals are allowed to be hunted for culling and environmental purposes. Meat coming from a wild animal is leaner than beef, meaning it can be easier to overcook. Cooking it slowly keeps it tender and the mince could be put to use for a bolognese or even burger patties.


MAMA ALLES

Butterbean & Sage Spread

~ IN YOUR VEGETARIAN, LARGE & PLANT BASED BOXES ~

Butterbeans, organic olive oil, fresh lemon juice, tahini, sage, salt. 

AIOLI

Adobo Salsa

~ ALL BOXES ~

Tomato, onion, garlic, chipotle, fresh orange juice, olive oil, oreganum, cumin, salt, black pepper, all spice, smoked paprika, chilli. 

CREAM OF THE CROP

Butter

~ IN YOUR VEGETARIAN, MEDIUM & LARGE BOXES ~

Cream, salt.

COOKED

Cake Balls

~ IN YOUR PLANT BASED BOX ~

Carrot, Coconut & Cardamom Cake (Vegan):

Sugar, sunflower oil, flour, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, carrot, orange, cardamom, icing sugar, almond milk.


PETITE MOO

Brownies

~ IN YOUR VEGETARIAN, MEDIUM & LARGE BOXES ~

Flour (gluten), sugar, cocoa (Dutch press/dark), chocolate (75% dark), butter (lactose), eggs.

SOB

Venison Mince

~ IN YOUR MEDIUM & LARGE BOXES ~

Springbok, lamb.