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Old 08-02-2017, 08:55 PM   #1
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Ya Learn Somethin' New Every Day

I did a search of DC and didn't find a thread on this topic, so...

In regards to cooking/food, of course,
what is it that you've learned that you had no clue about previously?

A few days ago, I found a taste treat from back home...

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Fresh Lychee!

DH went bonkers!
"Where did you find these?"
I got so excited, I sent a photo to my Mother,
Me: "Mom, Mom, MOM! You'll never guess what I found!"
Mom went bonkers!
"Put some in the freezer for me, that's if they're not to pricey."

Twice none, here in the middle of the desert, I've found fresh Lychee but they were WAY expensive.
This time was a totally different story.

So, my lesson for today...
I had no idea that you could freeze, fresh-whole-unpeeled Lychee,
AND they will last in the freeze for up to a year!

Mom, you're getting TWO bags of fresh Lychee.

(*note: In Hawaii we say Lie-Chee not Lee-Chee)

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Old 08-02-2017, 09:05 PM   #2
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Didn't know you can freeze them either.
Just defrost and eat ?
Do they loose their consistency ?
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Old 08-02-2017, 09:08 PM   #3
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Didn't know you can freeze them either.
Just defrost and eat ?
Do they loose their consistency ?
Ya know Larry, ya got me, dunno, but we'll find out, and I'll let ya know.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:18 PM   #4
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Gosh Kgirl! What a good thread. I know there are lots of things under this category I could post but wouldn't yuh know... I've drawn a blank right now!
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:58 AM   #5
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In south Florida, the main growing season is from fall through spring. In the Redland, they grow lychees and other tropical fruit. Have you ever had a Longan?
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:52 AM   #6
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I can understand your homesickness for Hawaii. But since you are living here, take a bite of your great find and close your eyes while you dream of being back home. Think of your childhood and how much you loved your new found fruit and would eat them.
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:10 AM   #7
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I love a good lychee. When I was a kid, my parents could only afford to take us out to dinner a few times a year, and it was usually to the same Chinese restaurant. We would always end the meal with a choice of ice cream or lychees in syrup (from a can, much like peaches). Since all of my siblings would get the ice cream, I would get a huge bowl of the lychees and pig out.
Then I couldn't sit still on the ride home from the sugar rush.

It wasn't until later in life that I had fresh lychees, which were delicious without the syrup.

Enjoy your lychees, k-girl.

On topic, though, I recently discovered that gluten free bread is pretty good. DW is into this gluten free, non-gmo kick lately, so I "get" to try a lot of stuff with her. So far the par-baked bread that she finishes baking right before dinner was tasty.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:28 PM   #8
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In south Florida, the main growing season is from fall through spring. In the Redland, they grow lychees and other tropical fruit. Have you ever had a Longan?
No Craig, not yet, but I understand they taste just like lychee.
I've seen them fresh at the green grocer, but again, pricey!

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I love a good lychee. When I was a kid, my parents could only afford to take us out to dinner a few times a year, and it was usually to the same Chinese restaurant. We would always end the meal with a choice of ice cream or lychees in syrup (from a can, much like peaches). Since all of my siblings would get the ice cream, I would get a huge bowl of the lychees and pig out.
Then I couldn't sit still on the ride home from the sugar rush.

It wasn't until later in life that I had fresh lychees, which were delicious without the syrup.

Enjoy your lychees, k-girl.

On topic, though, I recently discovered that gluten free bread is pretty good. DW is into this gluten free, non-gmo kick lately, so I "get" to try a lot of stuff with her. So far the par-baked bread that she finishes baking right before dinner was tasty.
Right Bucky! Up to this point, it's been canned lychee. I've had quite a few GF baked goods of late, thanks to Mrs. Dear Friend who is a GF-DF-Vegan now for about a year.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:35 PM   #9
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Here's what I learned today ...

I went to make some more Vinaigrette, and was down to last bit of Red Wine Vinegar...
DING!
Why not just make it IN the vinegar bottle?

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UM... it was a little tough there, what with the narrow neck/opening of the bottle. I went rooting around in my kitchen drawers and found a funnel small enough, but I still had to dig out a chopstick to shove the minced Garlic in.



I think I'll stick with the wider mouthed Mason Jar that I've been using for YEARS!
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:21 PM   #10
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Umm, no longans do NOT taste like lychees at leadt to me. I like lychees, but umm gag with longans.
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