Brian and Sue's Hints and Tips

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions from Brian and Sue.

Hints and Tips #1

If you suffer from seasonal allergies one way to help is to take a teaspoon of unpasturized honey every day.  The honey should be from a local source--we sell ours in our market.  Don't put it in your tea-it's too hot- just take it from the spoon.

Hints and Tip # 2

In the middle of summer, it's time to give your hanging baskets some tlc if they are looking a little sad.  To make them perk up--take a scissor and prune about 5cm/2inches off the ends. Don't be afraid to prune, the plants will come back and be happy again.

Hints and Tip # 3

Keep fresh tomatoes and cucumbers on the counter not in the fridge, until they are ripe. Refrigerate when ripe so they don't rot.

If you need to ripen tomatoes do not put them on a window sill, rather put them in a paper bag on the counter to ripen.

Hints and Tip # 4

How do we cook our turkey burgers?  The best way is on the bbq, on high heat. Cook one side of the burger until you see bubbles coming through, flip over and cook the other side.  No pricking, no extra flipping, no fuss.  It take about 10 minutes, depending on your bbq.

Hints and Tips #5

Eat squash  the easy, simple way!!   We like acorn/ pepper squash in all the colours.  Cut in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy goop.  Prick through with a knife 5-6 times.  Put cut side down on a plate and microwave on high for 10 minutes.  Check if soft, if not put in for another 2-4 minutes.  Take a fork and mash, add butter, salt and pepper and eat right out of the shell!

Hint & tip #6

Cutting and cooking squash and pumpkins can be more work than expected.  What do I do?  I make more than I need and freeze the rest, 2 cup/bags.  Don't peal and boil, just cut the squash or pumpkin into chunks, place on parchment paper and put in the oven for about 30 minutes @ 350 degrees.  When cooked use a spoon to scoop off the flesh and throw out the peals.  For extra flavour, brush squash with basil oil before cooking.


Hints and Tip # 7

Water plants first thing in the morning or late afternoon. Always water on the soil, not the leaves.  If possible, make sure your plants do not go through the night wet, this keeps your plants healthy longer.

Hint and Tip #8

Eggs, they come in many shapes and colours.  Is there a difference between a white or a brown egg?  Nope, it's just the colour of the chicken.  Brown eggs come from brown, black and multicoloured chickens and white eggs come from a pure white chicken. Brown eggs are more expensive in the store because there are fewer farmers raising brown chickens, that's all.

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