After 10+ years of CSA Farming and Eating...
We've listened and learned along with you in the kitchen. Many CSA experts (those who have been with us the longest) can agree these tools can make the most of a CSA experience.
You can find these tools in our kitchen (sometimes in multiples) and they will move with you, no matter which CSA you find yourself a member of.
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Basic CSA Kitchen Tools List
An essential tool for washing and drying greens and salads efficiently. Our family favorite is the Oxo brand. We leave their lettuce stored right in the spinner in the fridge and actually have two of these.
FREEZER ZIPLOCK BAGS
You may be freezing a LOT of your food for the winter. If nothing else, take all your scraps and throw them into a bag labeled: stock. Then, in the cold months of winter, let them slow simmer for a great vegetable stock.
Did you know you can freeze peppers and tomatoes? Just pop them in the labeled bag and into the freezer.
Or, get some Mason jars if you don't want to use plastic.
MASON JARS (WIDE-MOUTH)
There are unlimited possibilities, these are a great storage tool for not only meal prep, but if you’re going to learn can veggies, or learn how to ferment, you’ll need these.
The wide-mouth size are a must- it's so much easier to pack!. If you can only get one size, get the quarts. They are the most versatile.
We love ours for overnight oats for two and Mason jar salads!
GLASS STORAGE CONTAINERS
Large glass storage or prep bowls with lids are a lifesaver.
These are good for storing a large amount of prepped veggies or dinner leftovers. Make sure to get several sizes no matter who you buy from.
SHEET PANS FOR ROASTING
A Sheet Pan meal is a great way to use all those veggies at the end of a week. Just throw your entire meal (meat, veggie, starch) onto one sheet pan, and prep a meal in about 30 minutes.
The sheet pan should have a lip and be large enough to handle large portions of food. We love these because they don't warp and are pretty sturdy in our kitchen.
The sheet pan also comes in handy to help you freeze berries individually.