Have you tried this fruit?

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Persimmon fruit can be found in any grocery store this time of year. I bought a few the other day for 36 cents!

Not having tried it before, I was eager to taste it and incorporate it in recipes.

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What does it taste like?

It taste like a cantaloupe-pear hybrid, with a touch of honey.

Although delicious on its own, I decided to make a quick smoothie with it.

Persimmon Smoothie

1 persimmon, diced

1 pear, diced

1 cup of vanilla yogurt

Blend until smooth

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…and voilà. A delicious winter smoothie!

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Interesting facts about persimmons

  • Persimmons are native to Japan
  • Great source of fibre
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium1

Tips

  • When buying persimmons, choose the ripe ones, as they are sweeter and ready to eat – deep orange color.
  • When in season (September to December) and on sale, buy in bulk, peel, cut into cubes and freeze them in bags – ready to use anytime.

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Source:
1https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/persimmons.html

Beeswax Wraps

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Recently, I came across reusable beeswax wraps at the Antigonish Winter Market. Sandra Swinkels, the owner of Swinkels Bee Products, started making them as a natural alternative to plastic wrap.

I was thrilled to find them locally and was looking forward to trying them out. So, in case you were wondering…

 

 

What are they made of?

The wraps are made out of 100% organic cotton infused with beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil. All three substances are known to be natural preservatives and have antibacterial properties. The combination of the cotton fabric and the above ingredients result in a breathable storage solution.

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How big are the wraps?

The general use wraps come in two sizes: 8″ x 8″ and 11″ x 11″. The sandwich wraps measure 14″ x 14″ unfolded and 5″ x7″ folded.

 

How do you use them?

The wraps can be used to cover bowls, jars, plates, etc. They are very malleable and simply require the warmth of your hands to adhere to the rim of containers.

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They are very versatile too. You can turn them into snack bags by moulding them into a desired shape or simply use them to wrap leftover bread, fruits, vegetables, cheese, and more.

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How well do they work?

I compared the two methods of food storage by wrapping two halves of an avocado, one with cling wrap and the other one with beeswax wrap.

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Twenty four hours later…

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Not bad, eh?

 

As for the sandwich wraps, I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first… I wasn’t sure if my sandwich would remain fresh until the next day, but it did!

An added bonus was the sweet aroma of beeswax. A little aromatherapy during lunch break is always a good thing!

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What about care and storage?

The wrappers come with a sheet of instructions for use & care. It’s recommended to wash them with cool water and mild dish soap, otherwise the beeswax and resin might lose their adherence. And, since they cannot be cleaned with hot water, they should not to be used for storing meat.

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The large wrap can be stored flat, folded or rolled. I like to roll mine up and place it in a drawer to minimize storage space. The sandwich wrap can easily be stored as is.

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How much do they cost?

The small wraps cost $7.00, the larger ones cost $9.00 and the sandwich wraps, $12.00. They are reusable and can last up to a year, so it’s well worth the investment.

And, although I love the bumble bee print, there are many other beautiful and colourful prints to choose from. Here are just a few:

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You can find Sandra and her line of Swinkels Bee Products, including the beeswax wraps, every Saturday at the Antigonish Winter Market or you can purchase her products online.

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Eco-friendly  Sustainable  Reusable  Biodegradable

 

Food for thought…

If you use 1 sqft of plastic wrap for one sandwich per day, then this adds up to 260 sqft per year. For a family of 4, this number translates to 1040 sqft per year. Now say you were to switch to beeswax wraps only twice per week, this automatically cuts down your plastic wrap usage by at least 40%! Not bad, considering film plastics (which include plastic wraps) have such a negative impact on the environment and, now more then ever, we are strongly encouraged to reduce the amount of plastic we use; think of the recent plastic bags ban implemented in Montreal and possibly in Nova Scotia in the near future.

So, if you use plastic wrap daily for your sandwiches and snacks, why not try using beeswax wraps instead? Even once a week can make a huge difference!

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Sweet buzziness

DIY Mason Bee Hotels

 

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Easy Buttermilk Turkey Meatballs

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This blog post is part of a local Maritime bloggers blog hop!

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve teamed up to bring you a series of creative Thanksgiving turkey posts including fun crafts and food recipes.

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Let’s start with the turkey meatballs…

It’s always fun to switch things up a bit and re-vamp old family recipes.

These melt-in-your-mouth meatballs are delicious and can be served alone, as a side dish or simply enjoyed as a snack.

The secret is adding buttermilk to the recipe. This simple step makes the meatballs ever so tender and kids love them!

Ingredients

450g ground turkey

2 cups breadcrumbs (1 cup for the mixture and 1 cup to coat the meatballs)

1 egg

1/2 can chickpeas, ground in food processor to form a paste (optional)

1/2 cup buttermilk
(side note: because buttermilk is expensive, I substitute with 1/2 milk and 1 tsp white vinegar)

1/4 tsp of ground allspice
(or substitute with a dash of each of the following ground spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

3 tbsp of vegetable oil

1 cup of chicken broth

 

Instructions

Mix ground turkey, 1 cup of breadcrumbs, egg, buttermilk and spices in a bowl.

I like incorporating extra protein in our meals, which is why I add the chickpea paste in the mixture… great trick for picky eaters too 🙂

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Form small round balls.

Coat each meatball with breadcrumbs, on a plate.

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In a frying pan, heat 3 tbsp of vegetable oil.

Reduce to medium heat.

Add meatballs and cook for 3 minutes, then rotate to cook them on the other side for another 3 minutes.

Add chicken broth to the pan.

Cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until most of the broth has been absorbed by the meatballs.

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Remove from heat.

Let cool and serve as desired. You can also freeze the meatballs at this point and eat them at a later time.

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I like placing the meatballs on skewers with cheese and veggies as a quick after school snack.

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Hope you and your kids enjoy this recipe too!

 

And make sure to scroll down below and check out the rest of these wonderful Thanksgiving turkey activities for kids.

Easy Buttermilk Turkey Meatballs