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Preserving Fresh Herbs

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Most of us buy fresh herbs for specific recipes, using a couple of leaves or sprigs, then allowing the remainder wither in the fridge. To eliminate waste, and to save money on your grocery bills, you can preserve fresh herbs in the freezer, using a simple ice cube tray

  • Water Method
    For minimal damage, tender herbs like mint, parsley, and cilantro are great to freeze in water. Simply thaw and strain for later use, or keep some mint for tea.
  • Broth Method
    Herbs that you may use in soups and risottos can be frozen in broth. Anywhere you’d normally use broth and herbs are suitable for this method – you can even throw some frozen herb/broth ice cubes directly into your rice cooker along with your rice and liquid of choice.
  • Oil Method
    For sautes, stews, and roasts, freeze those herbs in olive oil. This is perhaps the most versatile of all the methods – you can capture the fresh taste of seasonal herbs and enjoy them all year long!

The beauty of hiring a catering company like ours is that you can enjoy the party with your guests, without so much as lifting a finger. If you’re seeking corporate, private, or wedding catering this summer (or beyond) – call us today on (650) 961-3300. We’re experts in corporate catering in San Mateo (94402), private party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area (94117) and everywhere in between!

Pacific Produce Newsletter

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Pacific Produce is a local, women-owned family business dedicated to providing fresh produce and relevant information to the Bay Area. Each month, the company releases a seasonal produce report, with market updates, as well as a newsletter. Attached, you’ll find a super cute seasonal produce guide from their website, to use as an extra resource. For the full newsletter, click here to go to the website.

In summary, the newsletter includes updates from the owners’ daily conversations with local farmers – helping you to have the most accurate and up-to-date information. Now is a great time to buy inexpensive, great quality leafy greens – especially if you’re in the position to be ordering in bulk for your company. In addition, the Pacific Produce newsletter outlines cost saving suggestions that are relevant to all people, not only those making orders from their business.

At Catering Central we think highly of the people at Pacific Produce. We believe food plays a vital role in not only physical, but emotional health. Our social lives strengthen by building relationships over food, leading to a greater level of connectedness with the world around us. If you’re interested in having your next San Francisco Bay Area (94110, 94024) private or corporate event catered by a company working from this philosophy, call us today on (650) 961-3300. We can’t wait for your call!


August Market Update

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August is a bountiful month for produce! As we begin to wrap up the summer months, we prepare to say goodbye to Bloomsdale spinach, shishito peppers, red pearl onions, morels, artichokes and castle rock potatoes. But fear not, there is so much in store for this month, as the attached report shows.

In summary, August in the Bay Area means Mediterranean month. Heirloom varietals are out in full force – squashes, eggplants, tomatoes – Bellissimo! August produce lends itself to handmade pasta sauces, delicious healthy pizza toppings, bruschetta, and Greek salads. Take the opportunity to use fewer, but fresher, ingredients. Appreciate menu minimalism!

Fruit wise, August is all about melons, stonefruit, figs, and berries. Why not take advantage of  the nutritional powerhouse of figs, by making your own Fig Newtons at home? They help lower high cholesterol, are an excellent source of dietary fiber, and protect against macular degeneration. Of course, you can just eat them fresh, too, for a delicious afternoon snack.

If you’d like to know more about the seasonal recipes we prepare at Catering Central, call us today on (650) 961-3300. Your first step towards planning an event starts here – discussing budgets, numbers, and the vision you have for the event. Let’s work together on creating professional corporate catering in Silicon Valley (94301), and memorable private party catering in San Mateo 94402.