We all have the best intentions when we go to the farmers' market. Of course we will use up this basket-full of leafy greens, crisp cucumbers, and ruby red radishes before they begin to wilt! We will eat them up tonight! Or tomorrow! Or perhaps the next day...
Well, the road to the compost pile is undoubtedly paved with the best intentions. So if, four or five days out from market day, you are ready to dig in to a Prosciutto, Butter, and Radish Crostini (or maybe this delectable Cucumber Radish Salad from Sassy Radish) but your once gem-like radishes are looking wilty and limp. Even the saddest radish can be revived. And this trick works for other wilted greens and veggies including carots, celery, kale, lettuces, collards, mustard greens, Swiss chard, you name it. If it's leafy and greenish but shriveled and maybe a little past its prime, give this method a go.
All you have to do is submerge the produce in a bowl of cold water and leave it in the fridge (no need to cover) for several hours. Even overnight. As soon as your veggies perk up, they are ready.
Don't believe me? Check out the after pic, below! Almost makes you want to bring a bigger basket to next week's market, doesn't it?
Photos by Olga Massov