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How to Store Apples
Obviously living on a farm with an apple orchard, we have learned how to store apples for longer term use after our harvest. Here a few tips to help you when you want to keep your produce, specifically apples lasting longer. 

To maximize apple shelf life, wrap each apple in newspaper before place it in a basket. If one apple goes bad, the paper will protect the other apples from coming into contact with it. Store your apples in a cool basement, garage, shed, fruit cellar, or refrigerator. Make sure its not so cold that they freeze, freezing apples will ruin their texture. Do not store apples in a root cellar or near potatoes, the gases let off by the potatoes will spoil the apples. 

Just a little quick tip to start your weekend. Hope you all get to relax and enjoy yourselves!

Tips for Cooking with Lavender

I'll admit, before we had a family lavender farm, I had never used lavender in my cooking before. I assumed it tasted soapy, and I wasn't really sure how or why to go about using it. My how times have changed! I love using lavender in my cooking and it really elevates your cooking. Lavender is such a powerhouse to have in your culinary arsenal. 

Just a few tips: 

1. Make sure you always use culinary lavender. Culinary lavender is suitable for consumtion, while ornamental lavender may have been processed differently and may taste a little off. 

2. If you are new to lavender and not sure you want to use full buds, you can start with lavender infused sugars or salts. You could even grind your buds into a powder if that makes you more comfortable. 

3. A little goes a long way. You never want to be too heavy handed with your lavender. It's fragrant and can transform a dish when used properly, just use restraint and keep it at "just a hint". 

Find our oraganic culinary lavender online here: 
Happy Cooking!