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Carrot Bacon Recipe Is The DIY Produce Hack You Need

Craving bacon but all you have is a crisper full of produce currently? Don’t even sweat it.

Thanks to @IAmTabithaBrown, you can now create a new form of bacon using simply the carrots in your fridge and a few select spices and sauces from your pantry. That’s right, Carrot Bacon.

 

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All you need is a vegetable peeler, some liquid smoke, maple syrup, garlic powder, smoked paprika, pepper, and onion powder.

To start, peel your carrots super thin and set them aside. Then, mix together your spices, liquid smoke, and syrup in a bowl. Brush your carrots with the mixture and let it soak for a few minutes to give them the flavor and aroma that mimics maple-smoked bacon.

Toss them in the air fryer at 380 for five minutes, and that’s it! Throw them into whatever vessel you’d like to get that texture and flavor of bacon… but with carrots. Tabitha Brown also mentions that ovens will work if you don’t have an air fryer.

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Fruits & Vegetables

Avoid Grocery Store Lines With This A La Carte Produce Box Shipped Straight To Your Door

While everyone’s trying their best these days to stay inside, the dilemma of getting fresh fruits and vegetables presents itself for those looking to steer away from eating cans of corned beef hash and beans every other day. Trust me, canned food gets old QUICK.

Melissa’s Produce, is offering a sliding scale of amazing produce boxes that you can order and have shipped anywhere in the United States (though Southern California residents get free shipping).

You can order boxes of mixed fruits and vegetables depending on which type of produce you lean heavier towards.

If you lean heavy towards making vegetable-based dishes, perhaps a 70/30 box is something you need. If your diet is a little bit of both down them middle, consider the 50/50 box. Options also include a fruits only or vegetables only box for those who’d rather have one or the other. There’s even a box crafted towards making fresh juices.

If you’re looking for your produce fix without stepping foot outside the comfort of your own home, definitely check them out.

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A Guide On Exactly How To Pick The Freshest Produce

I’m only a few days into the New Year and still feeling pretty good about my resolution to eat healthier. Whether or not I’ll stick with it in the weeks to come remains to be seen, but until then I’m eager to stuff myself with as many fruits and vegetables as I can get my chubby mitts on.

One hurdle I’ve come across, is that I’m not entirely sure at times whether or not I’m picking the freshest produce. I don’t want to have a bowl of fruits sitting around waiting to ripen at home.

Pounds to Pocket, a UK-based money saving blog, created this fresh infographic that helps you know how to select the freshest produce possible every time you’re at the grocers.

The infographic details things to look out for like color, firmness, texture, and smell. It also covers a diverse list of fruits and vegetables including strawberries, mangos, pineapple, apples, grapes, watermelon, avocados, blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, kiwi, rhubarb, broccoli, corn, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, and mushrooms.

Next time you’re shopping in the produce aisle, you can strut with confidence knowing that there’s a cheat sheet like this ready to jump in if you’re ever feeling uncertain.

Check out the fruit-picking guide below.


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Movebutter Is A New Online Grocery Store Looking To Be ‘Infinitely Accessible’

You’ve heard of farm-to-table restaurants — odds are you’ve been to one of these trendy spots where chefs cook with ingredients that come directly from local suppliers. Well, if you love these eco-friendly, fresh-tasting eats as much as we do, then prepare for some exciting developments.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, one innovative company is taking the idea of farm-to-table right to your doorstep. Introducing, Movebutter: the online grocery store that’s about to revolutionize the supermarket industry.

We sat down with the CEO of Movebutter, Chai Mishra, to talk about his company’s vision of making high-quality food accessible and affordable to everyone.

Why don’t you start by telling us a little bit about how you grew up, Chai.

I grew up in Northern India and moved to Berkley, California when I was 17. From a young age, I was always obsessed with the idea of how stuff gets made and how it gets to market, so it made sense for me to study engineering at the University of California. I ended up leaving school to work at startups all over the world, mainly working as a supply chain guy.

It couldn’t be more clear that reinventing how we get our groceries is your passion. Were you always fascinated by supermarkets and the food industry?

My dad (and my grandfather, too, actually) was an engineer. He owned a trading business which helped third world countries acquire machinery and he was always taking me to the warehouses where he worked. I really think this sparked my curiosity for industrial processes. Getting this behind-the-scenes look at such a young age always had me thinking, “What happens between dreaming up a product and getting it on someone’s doorstep?”

So when I started traveling the world, working for various startups in places like China and Estonia, I was always drawn to the operations aspect of the process, in all different types of industries.

Was the idea for Movebutter inspired or informed by your experiences with those startups?

Oh, absolutely. I worked for a start-up coffee company in Germany; they invented a machine that lets you roast, grind, and brew your own beans at home. My job was to work with coffee farmers in 50 countries, trying to find a way to get raw, green coffee beans to customers in 40-45 different countries.

One of the hardest parts of the job was seeing the unfairness of the industry. These farmers are paid $0.07 for their crops, but the company then turns around and sells those crops for $15 a bag. Not only that, but the standing methods for getting the product from the supplier to the customer is SO inefficient. It was a serious eye-opener for me.

Can you give us an overview of how Movebutter works? How will this e-grocery store fix the problems you saw in Germany?

Simply put, Movebutter is making high-quality food products more accessible and affordable for everyone. We build relationships with suppliers all over the country who ship their fantastic products to our warehouse in San Francisco. The products are packaged, labeled, and sent out that day to customers in all 50 states of the U.S.

Within the next two months, we’re actually going to be opening up warehouses in New Jersey and Texas. Yeah, we could feasibly do everything out of our San Francisco location, but these two new warehouses are going to cut down delivery times for customers not on the West Coast.

That’s a fantastic improvement to an already fantastic infrastructure.

We’re always trying to improve, especially when it comes to customer experience! We’re always trying to get more out of ourselves. Can we cut down the delivery time to within the hour? Can we make our products 30% more affordable? These are the questions we have to ask.

What foods do you hold, always?

All your typical, stock groceries! Movebutter holds all different kinds of meats, dairy, produce, pasta, sauce, etc. The great thing is, we hold a variety of high-quality products across the board, so customers have a lot of great options for everything they need.

What type of orders do you typically see? One meals’ worth of food or much more?

$130 orders are average, which is about one week of groceries. What we’re seeing is that people are coming here to buy all of their groceries, because we have about 95% of what they’re looking for a regular week. The biggest concerns we get from customers are requests that we hold the other 5% of the food they need.

What are the foods you find are the “5%” or that you don’t carry?

We’ve been getting a huge demand for non-food items, like cleaning products. That’s amazing for us because stocking anything other than food items isn’t something we had considered yet. We figured we’d start with food and see where it went from there, but the requests don’t lie!

Movebutter has a very strong, loyal Facebook community, and we bring all our stocking decisions to them. When we asked about stocking things like cleaning products, the excitement was unanimous – so we did it.

That’s a great approach. Did you always know Movebutter would be such a democratic company?

Yes, we knew it needed to be democratic from the beginning. When you go into the store you have to buy what they have stocked, but we believe you should be able to say “This granola needs to be sweeter” or “I need a smaller option for milk because I don’t need a whole gallon.” What we didn’t know was if people would WANT to be this involved, but the response has been insane.

What are a few examples of Movebutter’s democratic practices? 

A great example are the non-food items we were talking about. The people said they wanted soap, so we found a natural soap supplier in Montana that offers 10 varieties. We’ll have them vote on which type of soap we should hold from this supplier and the winner is what we’ll stock.

We also do something weekly called a “taste test.” Basically, we send out the items we’re planning on holding to a handful of customers each week and give them a score card to record their thoughts on taste, texture, etc. They’re encouraged to post their thoughts into the Facebook group – then we use that data to make the products better.

Truthfully, this is our biggest advantage in the industry: we can democratize food and other products. We can give our company and our consumers the economic advantage, based on how the public votes.

At other big e-commerce companies, who’s listening to consumer requests, some intern? We’ve literally cut out the need for a sales department – it’s product people handling these requests and concerns. I’m online all the time! I get into conversations with grandmas and college students about how they’ll use our honey and it always makes my day.

What kinds of populations are you hoping Movebutter will impact?

Right now our customers tend to skew female in their early 20s to late 30s, and they mostly live in urban areas. However, we really are a company for everyone. Small towns, especially in middle America, are also represented. These people often live in what we call “food deserts,” where they don’t have a store within five miles of them in all directions.

Our customer base is very much America in the sense that we run the gamut of races, cultures, backgrounds and political views. This connects to the core idea of who we are; we sell high-quality versions of everyday products, all centered around community.

You were quoted saying that Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods is a “step back for the consumer.” Can you explain why you feel the consumer will suffer?

Grocery was always offline, but we’ve been seeing it transitioning more and more to the online market. This WAS moving the industry towards more ethical practices and affordable food products by cutting out the middle man. But this acquisition is a huge step back from all that. Amazon selling Whole Food’s inventory online doesn’t solve the problem; there’s still the incurred cost from the 400+ Whole Foods locations the consumer has to pay. I firmly feel that this move slowed down the progress the industry was making. Who is this helping? It is a step forward for Whole Foods, but it’s a step back for Amazon as well as the consumer.

How will Movebutter fill the gap this acquisition may have made in the industry?

This is an important opportunity for us to step up our game in the wake of Amazon’s mistake. Ironically, this business move has effectively cleared the field below and above us in our industry. We’re looking around and seeing that we’re the last company standing in this new wave of digital. It’s troubling, but it’s also the greatest opportunity that’s come along since we started this company.

We’ve been getting non-stop calls from grocery stores and investors, because they’re realizing they need to move to e-commerce. So it’s now up to us to move the industry in the right direction.

We’re going to continue to pursue the idea of the “infinitely accessible grocery store.” For us, that means finding the greatest food out there, finding a way to bring it down to price points that anyone can afford, and then distributing it so everyone can get it. We’ll start with food (because that’s most pressing) and then move this idea out so it can apply to everything.

Walmart and Amazon can fight it out among themselves. Meanwhile, we’ll be building a better store for everything, quite literally the retail store of the future.

 

For more information on Movebutter, make sure to check out the company website or follow the company’s Facebook page.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Why Whole Foods Is About To Get A Lot Cheaper

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Whole Foods Market, the grocery store popularly referred to as “Whole Paycheck,” is actually about to become affordable for once.

The chain’s recently poor performance, which saw sales dip for the first time since 2009, is now the driving force behind adding more discounts. In an earnings call on Wednesday, co-CEO John Mackey addressed the shift in strategy:

“If we had a magic bullet, we’ve already shot it. We don’t think there’s anything we can do immediately except increase promotional activity to drive sales. We think it’s basic blocking and tackling.”

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For customers, this means more sales on produce, meat, seafood and more. Customers will also see more limited-time discounts, according to Business Insider.

Part of the decline in sales for the store is attributed to increased competition in the retail of all-natural and organic foods and products. In response, Mackey explained that the chain will push to do a better job at showing customers why Whole Foods’ organic food is better than conventional grocers.

The grocery chain also plans to expand into younger demographics with their 365 by Whole Foods Market stores into 2017. Mackey explained that 365 will be what Nordstrom Rack is to Nordstrom.

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Whole Foods will also be introducing a range of lower-priced products at its new chain of 365 by Whole Foods Market stores. Mackey explained:

“The time is right to take the high-quality standards we have developed over the last 35-plus years, and make them more broadly accessible through a streamlined, value-focused format and serve communities we would not be able to reach with our larger Whole Foods Market stores.”

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Hit-Or-Miss

These Look Like Regular Apples, But Look What Happens When You Take A Bite

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We stumbled upon a really curious fruit, recently. Melissa’s Produce carries a very unique apple called the Hidden Rose Apple. On the exterior, it kinda looks like a Pink Lady Apple. The interior, however, is a completely different story.

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The Hidden Rose features bright red fruit under the skin. Hidden Rose, get it?

Balancing both sweetness and tartness, the apple features a juicy, crisp and rich flavor.

From Oregon, the uniqueness of the apple makes it the perfect choice for food art or even a small gift for fruit enthusiasts.

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If cooked the apple will still be able to maintain a firm texture. Imagine making a beautiful pie with a few of these babies. Obviously, you can also eat it raw too.

The apples can be found seasonally between the months of November through December. Prices, however, will vary depending on the availability of the fruit.

 

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Hit-Or-Miss

Microwave Hack Turns Corn On The Cob To Popcorn On The Cob [WATCH]

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A nice piece of corn on the cob can be one of the simplest, most delicious pleasures to ever hit the kitchen table. So what if you turn that into popcorn on the cob?

Produce supplier Farmhouse Delivery created a video demonstrating how you can turn your ordinary corn on the cob into its final form. All you need is some butter, two brown bags and a microwave.

Remove the silks from your piece of corn and lather it in butter. Then, place the corn in a brown paper bag and close it tightly. Throw it in the open end of the second bag so that both bottom ends are facing separate directions.

Finally, pop it in the microwave at 50-75 percent power for 4 minutes. Might be some trial and error depending on your microwave.

Check out the video below the next time you want to change up your corning experience.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Meet The 91-Year-Old Woman Who Built A Produce Empire

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Legendary entrepreneur Frieda Caplan has been an iconic figure in the Los Angeles produce scene for almost 60 years and now she’s getting her own documentary. Caplan introduced us to hundreds of different types of fruit and, in doing so, built herself a wholesale empire.

The film documents the life of Caplan who was named the first female entrepreneur in the world of Wholesale Produce in Los Angeles. The entrepreneur changed the way fruit was look at in the 1960s by introducing a variety of exotic fruits and vegetables to America. More than 200 classes of fruit is available today thanks to Caplan’s produce initiatives.

Fear No Fruit tells her story through first-hand accounts with the 91-year-old legend herself as well as stories from friends and colleagues. Check out the trailer below.

The film can be rented at $3.99 for a 48-hour period, or purchased for $9.99.

Fear No Fruit – Trailer from FilmBuff on Vimeo.

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