Spend Your Summer at NGI | Natural Gourmet Institute

Spend Your Summer at NGI

Posted May 5, 2017

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and our favorite produce is starting to show up at the farmer’s market. Summer is around the corner and it is our favorite season for selecting fruits and vegetables. From leafy greens, to juicy berries, to varieties of tomatoes, there is so much to choose from and many fun ways to make use of summer’s bounty without letting anything go to waste.

Here are some of our favorite tips for maximizing the use of summer produce:

  • Lay berries in a single layer on cookie trays and freeze for 2 hours. Then transfer to airtight freezer bags and enjoy all season without them going bad.
  • Store tomatoes stem end down to keep them from spoiling quickly. This prevents air from entering and moisture from exiting the scar where the tomato once attached to the vine.
  • Place herbs like parsley and cilantro in a glass or vase in the refrigerator as you would with flowers. Then drape a baggie on top of them to extend their shelf life.
  • Take your leftover veggies at the end of each week and make a quick vegetable stock.
  • Don’t throw away summer squash blossoms. Use them in a salad or make a bruschetta out of them.

Want to learn more about our favorite fruits and vegetables of the summer season? Come to NGI and learn how to cook delicious dishes with summer produce, ways that these foods are nutritious for our bodies, and how it is all sustainably grown. NGI’s exclusive summer programming combines the best of health and nutrition education with practical, hands-on workshops.

Whether you’d like to spend a few days or a few weeks in the Big Apple, NGI has intensive courses and certificate programs fit for any agenda. We’ve curated a selection of our most popular programs to build a series of immersion programs: Food as Medicine, Food Therapy, and From Farm to Table. Each one focuses on a specific area of food, health, and sustainability. All classes are available a la carte at their original prices.

What are you waiting for? Click here for more information and sign up today!