HOT weather can make it tricky to keep food from spoiling so, with the heatwave continuing, here is how to pick only the freshest food for your family.
Mrs Crunch has teamed up with the farmers, growers, butchers and fishmongers at Morrisons Market Street to reveal what the experts look for in produce.
Fruit and veg
- Use your senses, the look and smell of the fruit will help you choose the best.
- UK-grown fruit will be fresher as it does not have to travel so far from field to fork.
Strawberries: These summer favourites should be fragrant, red and shiny with fresh green tops. They are best stored at home in the fridge, then remove, wash and allow to warm to room temperature before eating.
Peaches and nectarines: Choose sweet smelling fruits with a deep colour. They should be firm to the touch as they will continue to ripen at home.
Watermelons: look for one that is firm and heavy. It will sound hollow when tapped.
Cherries: The colour will vary between varieties from mid-to-dark red and colour is not an indicator of sweetness. Instead, select fruit which is bright and shiny.
SUMMER FRUIT & VEG DEALS
BLUEBERRIES: Market Street Blueberries 175g, £2 per pack or buy two for £3 at Morrisons.SAVE: £1 when buying two
STRAWBERRIES: BerryWorld British Strawberries 400g, £3 per pack or buy two for £5 at Ocado.SAVE: £1 when buying two
RASPBERRIES: Market Street Raspberries 150g, two per pack or two for £3 at Morrisons.SAVE: £1 when buying two
CHERRIES: British Cherries 200g, £2.50 at M&S or buy two for £4. Offer ends July 31.SAVE: £1 when buying two
CARROTS: Oaklands Organic British Carrots 750g, 85p at Lidl.SAVE: 40p on similar items elsewhere
JERSEY ROYAL POTATOES: Extra Special Jersey Royal Potatoes 750g, was £1.50 now £1 at Asda.SAVE: 50p
SEASONAL VEG BOX: Wonky Vegetables Selection Box, typically contains carrots, onions and potatoes plus three seasonal products, £3.50 at Morrisons.SAVE: £3 on similar boxes elsewhere
IMPORTED SUMMER FRUIT DEALS
WATERMELON: Watermelon, was £2.50 now £2 at IcelandSAVE: 50p
PEACHES: Peach Punnet with four fruit. Was £1.50, now 80p at Sainsbury’s .SAVE: 70p
GRAPES: Seedless Mixed Grapes 400g, was £1.72 now buy two for £3 at Morrisons.SAVE: 44p when buying two
- Whole fish should have bright clear eyes, red gills, firm flesh and a bright sheen.
- Fillets should be firm and bright in appearance.
- Never buy items which smell too “fishy”. It should have a clean ‘sea fresh’ smell.
TOP FISH DEALS
SEABASS: Morrisons Market Street Seabass Fillets 180g, were £4 each now buy three for £10.SAVE: £2 when buying three
SALMON: Peat & Heather Scottish smoked salmon 100g, was £5.99 now £4.49 at Waitrose.SAVE: £1.50
COD: Morrisons Cod Loin with Lemon & Parsley Butter Medium Typically: 205g, was £15/kg now £13kg.SAVE: £2 when buying 1kg
- WHERE possible, pick UK-farmed meat as it hasn’t had to travel hundreds – or even thousands – of miles to be imported. All Morrisons fresh meat is now 100 per cent British.
- Look out for what is in season. Top picks this week include tender new-season spring lamb and rabbit.
- Tight budget? Ask your butcher to select the right cut of meat for your recipe to give a tastier end result.
- Check the colour. Beef should be a bright cherry red while pork should look firm and pink. For chicken and other poultry, pick pink meat. Cuts with a greyish tinge could be stale.
FRESH MEAT DEALS
BBQ PACK: British BBQ Meat Pack, includes 12 Best sausages and eight beef quarter-pounder burgers, £8, from Morrisons. Available from July 19 to 22.SAVE: £2 on similar item elsewhere
STEAK: British flat-iron steak 365g, was £4.08 now buy two for £7 at Morrisons.SAVE: £1.16 when buying two
CHICKEN: Butcher’s Selection large whole chicken, was £3.49 now £3.28 at Asda.SAVE: 21p
PORK: British pork loin steaks x eight (800g), were £5 now £4 at Sainsbury’sSAVE: £1
Roast cod loin with balsamic crumb and new potato wedges
LOOKING for summer dishes with a difference? This delicious lunch or dinner is fish, chips ’n’ peas gone posh, but is quick and easy to make.
Prep time: 10mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
- 85g panko breadcrumbs made from three of four slices of stale bread
- 25g balsamic glaze
- 300g new potatoes
- 100g frozen peas
- 100g tartare sauce
- 1 tbsp parsley
- 25g butter
- 675g cod loin
- Create the panko breadcrumbs by putting three or four slices of stale bread in a food processor then allow them to dry out in a warm oven for a few minutes. Allow them to cool.
- To make the crumb, mix the breadcrumbs with the balsamic glaze and parsley. Season to taste.
- Cut the new potatoes into wedges. Toss in oil, season and roast for 25 minutes at 180C/Gas 4.
- Blanch the peas, drain, and mix with the tartare sauce and butter. Blend into a coarse paste.
- Divide the cod loin into four equal pieces and coat the top with the crumb mix. Place on a lightly oiled tray and roast at 180C for 15 minutes.
- Plate the cod with the wedges and sauce on the side. You can serve with blanched samphire.
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CREATE these delicious pots of fruity joy for a quick and easy family treat.Prep time: 15 mins – plus four hours to chill.
- 1 pack raspberry-flavour jelly
- 410g canned evaporated milk
- 300g fresh raspberries
- 25g icing sugar
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- Dissolve the jelly in 200ml of boiling water. Pour the evaporated milk into a large mixing bowl and place it over a pan of gently simmering water.
- Whisk the milk with electric beaters until it looks thick and foamy, then fold in the jelly mixture.
- Push 200g of the raspberries through a sieve, making sure you discard the seeds. Sift the icing sugar into the purée and mix well.
- Spoon the jelly mixture into six serving dishes, alternating with a drizzle of raspberry purée.
- Chill for four hours until set. Decorate the tops with the remaining fresh raspberries to serve.
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