There are many fruits and vegetables available. And, we all know that we need to be eating more of them. Today we wanted to take a look at apples. We all know the phrase an apple a day keeps the doctor away but did you know the apple facts below?
1. Fighting bad breath. Apples contain pectin, which helps control food odors. Pectin also promotes saliva, which cleanses breath.
2. Preventing asthma attacks. Asthma sufferers often have low levels of antioxidants. Apples are high in vitamin C and flavonoids (beneficial, water-soluble plant pigments). Both are antioxidant. One study found that vitamin C supplements helped protect against exercise-induced asthma.
3. Reducing the risk of stroke. A study involving 9,208 men and women showed that those who ate the most apples over a 28-year period had the lowest risk for stroke. Researchers concluded that the results suggest the intake of apples is related to a decreased risk of thrombotic stroke.
4. Preventing constipation. Fresh apples are high in fiber, which adds bulk to the stool. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, or roughage.
5. Combating fatigue. The high vitamin C and antioxidant content in apples counter the free radicals leading to oxidative stress, which has been linked to fatigue.
You can see the entire article here. There’s no question apples are great for you and with all the different varieties that are available, you’re sure to find a couple of varieties that you love. You’ll be treating yourself to a great snack and helping your body as well.
On this blog we often talk about digital scales that weigh items and calculate price per pound. Often though we don’t discuss what types of items you can weigh with one of these retail scales. Anytime that a potential customer searches for a scale to weigh vegetables hopefully they will click on this site. Virtually, any of the scales that we have featured on this site in the past would be good choices to weigh most any type of vegetable. The tricky part can be the vegetable size and weight. For example if you were weighing heavy vegetables or a larger quantity then you might need a price computing scale with both a larger weighing surface and/or a larger weighing capacity. If that were the case, the CAS EB scale series could be the right choice for you.
The CAS EB Series bench scale style Price Computing Scale with large capacity features your choice of three capacities available, with a maximum capacity of up to 300 pounds. Large Platform of either 13.8″ x 15.75″ or 15.75″ x 20.75″ is great for bulk weighing. And, if you wish a printer can be added to produce crisp, clean receipts and labels with the optional DLP-50 Label Printer or DEP-50 Receipt Printer. This scale could be a great choice for you if you find yourself constantly placing large items or large quantities of items on your traditional counter top digital scale. Of course the CAS EB series is NTEP approved with Certificate of Conformance COC #09-095.
We usually focus on the digital retail scales that you see at the market each week but today we wanted to look at a classic scale you’ve probably seen at a produce market. You would be surprised at how often customers ask if they can still purchase a hanging scale for weighing their produce at the farmers market. Even though we now have the super fast and relatively reliable digital scales available, many customers actually ask for the proven performer with the dial that spins around to display the weight. Sometimes it actually does make a lot of sense to choose one of these classics. If you don’t want to fool around with batteries every few weeks, then a hanging dial scale might be a good choice. If your location has an overhang or tent that is easy to attach a scale to, then this might be a good idea for you.
Of course, if you choose to go this route, you will want to choose a NTEP certified legal for trade hanging scale like the Chatillon series. It’s also a good idea to get a scale that has the double dial so both sides can see the dial and completely agree on the weight that is listed on the scale dial. Unfortunately, if you do choose one of these scales, you will need to bring your calculator with you to calculate the price per pound.
The Chatillon Century Series hanging scale is well known for accuracy, dependability and reliability. The Century Series feature a glass-covered 7-inch dial that reads clockwise. A double dial option is available (one dial reads clockwise, the other counter clockwise). These scales feature a corrosion-resistant band, bezel and housing and have a rugged, steel inner frame. Scale capacities are reached in two pointer revolutions.
The Centry Series are Class lll “Legal for Trade” scales. Century Series can be supplied with a CG Series scoop or the popular CAS circular pan. The CAS Pan is constructed of stainless steel. 3-inch deep round pan has drain holes. The CG Scoop is ideal for weighing loose materials. Scoop and suspension chain of galvanized construction.
Can you buy a scale for weighing produce at the farmers market that is built tough and priced reasonably? The answer is yes and take a look at the CAS ER Jr legal for trade scale which is portable and includes a rechargeable battery which lasts up to 200 hours (without backlight) on a single charge. A low battery indicator lets you know when it is time for a charge. The ER Jr certified scale has a small footprint at 11.75 inches x 12.75 inches and will fit easily on counter tops, tables or any tight workspace. With best in class features and an economical cost, you can place multiple ER Jr price computing scales throughout your business to ensure customer satisfaction and maximum profitability. Additional standard features include lb/kg unit switching and three different methods to enter a tare weight: platter tare, keyboard tare, and programmable tare for a PLU. Continue reading
We were doing an internal poll around here thinking about what fresh foods we were looking forward to buying once the farmers market opens up soon. Below is an overview of a few of the top picks among our group of hungry eaters.
Strawberries, blueberries, okra, corn, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, red onions, cantaloupe, kale, beans, cabbage, cucumbers, collards, bananas, spinach, peaches, pecans, butternut squash, tomatoes including cherry, grape, roma, and slicing, turnips, and watermelon.
Below is a fantastic resource when it comes to preserving your fruits and vegetables. The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning electronic version pdf file is split into eight smaller files for easier viewing and downloading. Below is just a taste of the info available.
Why can foods?
Canning can be a safe and economical way to preserve quality food at home. Disregarding the value of your labor, canning homegrown food may save you half the cost of buying commercially canned food. Canning favorite and special products to be enjoyed by family and friends is a fulfilling experience and a source of pride for many people.
Many vegetables begin losing some of their vitamins when harvested. Nearly half the vitamins may be lost within a few days unless the fresh produce is cooled or preserved. Continue reading