Do you ever come across ridiculous pickle products that you think were made for you? Me too! Last weekend while perusing my local Durham farmers’ market, I came across these temporary canning jar tattoos made by Tater Tats. Canned peaches, green beans, and tomatoes to be exact. I love it and I thought you would too. “Ten percent of all Tater Tat sales goes to support local farmers, and in turn, to deepen local economies, soil health, and human connectedness. Every purchase you make at Tater Tats helps make good food and good farming, work.” Tater Tats offers wholesale purchases and even a win a free #TaterTat instagram campaign. You can order a bunch of different temporary veggie tattoo packs per season of the year. These make great gifts, school handouts, and are a perfect way to sport your vegetable love! <3
Happy spring y’all. Happy or not so happy crazy March weather. I’d be lying if I said I miss those surprise 1foot of snow blizzards of the North East United States. It’s been a pretty busy month on the home front. I’ve been traveling (hello Hawaii) for work, preparing food swaps, planning pickle contests, writing for the local Indy Week food column, and on top of it all gearing up for a move. Oh, and did I mention writing for (stay tuned… guest posts) and prepping shrubs for the Food in Jar’s Mastery Challenge?
Wondering what to do with those pretty purple blossoms that you’re seeing atop your chive plants? I spent the majority of my morning running around the Durham Farmers’ Market shopping for herbs for my new garden. After careful planning, mental designing, and avoiding plant conflicts, I finally settled on chives, dill (duh?), basil, thyme, and oregano. When I got home this afternoon, I was routinely picking the the wild strawberries from the property, when all of a sudden I came across an herb garden… a decorative herb garden that my previous landlord Emily-Kate so smart-fully and generously planted with tons of the same herbs that I just purchased… damnit. Nonetheless, I still plan on planting my own crops as practice makes perfect (right?) for this kill happy (of plants) California gardener. In full bloom, the chives were running rampant with these beautiful purple…rain… chive blossoms. A few quick thoughts… “what can I do with those purple blossoms?” and I decided to go for infused chive blossom vinegar.
Super easy: (1) wash the little buggers out of 2 cups of chive blossoms and pack in quart jar, (2) bring 3 cups white vinegar, white wine vinegar, or champagne vinegar to just a boil, (3) pour hot vinegar over blossoms, (4) cap and let set for ~ 2 weeks, (5) strain and enjoy!
Happy Friday! Thanks to the people over at Jarden Home Brands, maker of Ball Jars, I get to share their new Spring 2016 collection with you. Everything you see here is for photography and review purposes only. No additional skrilla’ was provided (dang). Now onto the shiny products accompanied by my deepest thoughts…
First up, the Wide Mouth Plastic Pour & Measure Cap. “Erin this is the coolest thing they sent you!” This super efficient and handy accessory doubles as a lid and measuring cup. The inside of the cap is lined with measurements (cups and tablespoons). I plan on picking up a bunch of these for dry goods food storage.The Pour & Measure Cap costs $3.99 when purchased independently or $5.99 for a cap and jar combination! What a steal.
Hey Durham friends! After 8 months I just couldn’t handle it anymore, I’ve been sitting on the idea of starting of food swap here in my new home since my first week in town… “OH man this town is just hungry for a swap!”… But I listened to some valuable advice and chilled until I got acclimated to my new surroundings. Now with spring fruits and veggies in full bloom, the time has come.
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