Poppy Post – July 15 2018 Get Your Avocado Right Where You Want It!

 
 

Our Food Skills & Nutrition Educators share their advice and knowledge to some questions that arise from participants in our programs so you can benefit and learn as well.  If you have a question that you would like to ask, email us at behealthy@poppyinnovations.ca. 
Q:  I want to make guacamole in a few days, but the grocery store only has hard avocados! What should I do? Alternatively, what if it’s the other way around and they ripen too soon? 

Answer:
This is a great question because if you’ve got guacamole, or any other avocado recipe on the menu, you’ll want perfectly ripe avocados on the day that you need them. Here are some simple avocado rules to follow. 

If they are not ripe enough:

  • Put them in a paper bag on the counter at room temperature.
  • Store them near other fruits that emit high levels of ethylene such as peaches, apples or bananas.
  • You can even put one of these high ethylene fruits in the paper bag with the avocados to help stimulate ripening.
If you want to preserve them and slow ripening:
  • Once they are at the ripeness that you want them to be, simply pop them in the fridge and they’ll halt their ripening process buying you a few extra days of perfection!

 

 

The kids are loving the Cre-Ate Kids Garden Club at the Calgary Farmers Market. This class planted beans, learned how to care for them, and made some hummus! 
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Great Options for Kids

Cre-Ate Kids Garden Club sponsored by Nutrien
July 19, 26  August 2, 9, 16, 23 2018
9:30 am – 10:30 am (ages 4 – 8)

Calgary Farmers’ Market 510 77th Ave SE
$25 individual session per child

Kids Cooking One-Day Camps
Single Whole Day Camps with Four Different Themes Available
July 18, 19 Aug 8, 9, 22, 23
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$90 includes all food & supplies

Kids Week Long Summer Cooking Camps
Aug 20 – 24 Culinary Masters
Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association 277 Strathcona Dr SW
$450/week includes all food & supplies

Canning and Preserving Options (Suitable for Adults and teens 15 and older)

Sweet & Savoury Preserves
July 22, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75 includes all supplies for recipe made in class

Perfectly Pickled
August 22, 2018  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$65 includes all supplies for recipe made in class

Time to Salsa
September 23, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75 includes all supplies for recipe made in class

Preserve the Harvest
September 29, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75 includes all supplies for recipe made in class

Pressure Canning
October 14, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75 includes all supplies for recipe made in class

Gate to Plate Teen & Adult Cooking Classes

Seasonal Sunday Brunch FALL
October 21, 2018  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75

Seasonal Sunday Brunch WINTER
December 2, 2018  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75

For more info and to register for any programs, go to http://poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/

 

 

 

Grab your selfie stick because we’ve got giveaways in our Healthy Selfie Contest!

Just upload a selfie of you in the act of doing something healthy at home or on the go and hashtag it #HealthySelfie #PoppyInnovations. 

A prize with a value of over $70 will be awarded in JULY and AUGUST The prizes will be one of a Gardening Pack, Baking Pack, or Kids Pack with each pack including supplies and a book to help you grow or cook food.

Email the link(s) to hello@poppyinnovations.ca to be entered to win! Each social platform is worth one submission. Good luck! 

View full rules on our contest page.

 

 

A look at one of the fabulous prize packages. Enter the #HealthySelfie Contest today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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