Don't have hours? Use Minutes!

Hello,
The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and I hope you enjoy this week's newsletter!
April 1, 2019
Welcome to Farm To Table Weekly where health is valued, community matters, and simple home cooking is replacing commodity foods.
“Good enough is perfect.” -Joel Salatin
Things are starting to get busy on the farm and some of my weekly cooking routines got lax to the point of non-existent last week.
That’s why I have a routine because I’m too tired sometimes to ‘think’ about what’s for dinner. I have a habit and it makes it simpler to get food on the table.
When I don’t have hours I do have minutes...so that’s what I use MINUTES!
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I want to share some simple tips with you today to set you up for success in the kitchen.
But first, that word, ‘simple’.
Let’s not confuse that with a common word we use when talking about home cooking ‘easy’.
Simple and easy are not the same.
Setting yourself up for success in the kitchen isn’t easy.
Creating simple systems that work for you can seem overwhelming and daunting; and I’m frustrated about the amount of messaging about how ‘easy’ it is.
We got sold, as a society, that the kitchen should be ‘easy’.
It isn’t easy.
Work in the home kitchen is incredibly undervalued, overlooked, underestimated.
AND it’s worth it.
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Before writing this I searched “organized fridge” (insert 1,000,000 photos that look like no real fridge anywhere ever!)
Do you kind of dread the moment you open the fridge, or put off cleaning it out?
Here’s my three tips for keeping it simple (not easy!) and setting yourself up for success:
  1. Have a weekly cleanout BEFORE your weekly shopping.
  2. Organize top to bottom most perishable to least perishable.
  3. Pre-cut/chop as much as possible and store prepped food in clear containers.
The weekly clean-out.
Set the kitchen timer for 10 minutes and clean out the fridge once a week.
Doing this weekly makes it take so much less time.
During the clean out:
-Start at the top and with a warm dishcloth wipe down any spills/messes.
-Set leftovers that can be eaten that day our on your kitchen counter.
-Consolidate any ‘little bit’s’ of things from the week

Have a great week!
Your Farmer,
Mandy

P.S. 
LVFarm Academy Members and Veggie Box Members you can find this fridge guide as a download in the LVFarm Academy , Cooking 101, Storage.
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