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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!

Fall Favorites

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Fall is undoubtedly one of America’s favorite seasons, marked by specific foods that create a warm, nostalgic feeling. Teeming with apples, pumpkins, cinnamon, and other spices – fall recipes are back for a limited time, with seasonal access to all this amazing produce. To celebrate all things fall, we are featuring some recipes we’ve collected from the web. Enjoy!

  1. Pumpkin Bread – by Once Upon a Chef
    A perfect accompaniment to afternoon coffee, pumpkin bread will make your house smell heavenly. Try using leftovers for pumpkin bread French Toast… that’s if there are any leftovers!

  2. Apple Crisp – by Betty Crocker
    A wholesome, easy dessert to whip up for your family, friends, or guests. Serve with a side of ice cream, whipped cream, or vanilla custard.

  3. Sweet Potato Pound Cake – by All Recipes
    Pound cakes are a timeless classic, and this one is no exception. Baked with seasonal produce and a lot of love, this cake can be served for a special occasion, or simply because fall is in the air.

  4. Maple Sweet Potato Sticky Buns – by Midwest Living
    Enjoy two signature flavors of Thanksgiving in one delicious morsel. These buns are as sweet as they are sticky – ready to impress any guests you have visiting this fall.

    Enjoy Fall favorites while they last! For everything else, call Catering Central. If you’re looking for event catering in Redwood City (94604), private party catering in San Jose (95117), or general catering in the San Francisco Bay Area – call us today on (650) 961-3300. We thrive on healthy food – and so can you!

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!

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“No Takeout” Challenge!

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How many times a week do you order in food? By frequently eating takeout, you are not only spending more of your hard-earned cash, but you are also potentially compromising your health. Do you think you could spend a month without takeout? Granted, eating out is similar, but usually reserved for connecting with others. We have some tips for challenging you to “No-Takeout September.”

  • Plan
    Sit down and spend some time working out which nights you’re home for dinner, and decide in advance what you’re going to eat. If you regularly buy lunch, decide what kinds of lunches you like, and buy those foods at the grocery store. Weekend grocery shopping makes for a well-planned week.
     
  • Prepare Food in Bulk
    Eating leftovers is an easy way to avoid food waste, save money, and regularly eat home-cooked food. Why not make leftovers on purpose? With a few food storage containers, you can make a big batch of a few foods and keep them in the fridge or freezer.  
  • Have Quick Options
    Don’t reach for the microwave meal or boxed mac ‘n cheese just yet – think of some quick meals you can make without the processed junk. Wholewheat pasta and pesto takes less than ten minutes! Steaming a few veggies takes about five minutes. Think outside the box.  

You can enjoy all foods in moderation, as long as they’re part of a balanced diet. At Catering Central, we highly value food as a means of connection with others, and aim to give all of our clients a positive and satisfying experience with our services. If you’re looking for corporate catering in the San Francisco Bay (94111), private party catering in Sunnyvale (94086), or general catering in Mountain View (94040) – call us today on (650) 961-3300!

Top 5 Reusable Kitchen Items

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Your kitchen is a place where new inventions come pouring in, but there’s something so satisfying about getting back to basics. Many kitchen items perform one function only, yet these five things can be upcycled and reused day after day.

  1. Coffee Filter
    If you enjoy a steaming cup of pour over every morning, you’re likely to be using paper filters. For a little more than the cost of a box of paper filters, you can pick up a cloth filter that does the job day after day. Rinse, hang out to dry!

  1. Glass Jars
    Pasta sauce, peanut butter, olives and salsa all tend to come in glass jars. When you’re done with the product, remove the label (with the help of Goo Gone or Eucalyptus Oil) and reuse the clean jar.

  1. Bags from Grocery Stores
    Whether you’re finding uses for disposable bags at home (e.g. garbage liners, storage) or reusing cloth bags at the store, there are global benefits of being mindful of waste.

  1. Salt and Pepper Grinders
    When you purchase whole salt and pepper at the grocery store, they come in grinders that many throw in the trash after one use. Simply take off the lid, and refill.

  1. Food Storage Containers
    Bringing your own food to work or school is good for your wallet and waistline. In addition, you cut down on waste when you reuse the containers in which you store food.

If you need catering for an upcoming party, corporate event or special occasion, we would love to work with you to make it happen. We do Private Party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area, Corporate Catering in Silicon Valley, and events all the way from Palo Alto (94301) to San Francisco. If you’re looking for catering when it comes to parties, events and gatherings – call us today on (650) 961-3300.