CruditÃ©s in the Fridge with Italian Ranch DipJaime
This idea is in no way new. I am sure most of us have thought of keeping cut vegetables in the fridge for easy access on our own, even if we’ve never heard the suggestion. But though I have attempted it several times, I always had a problem with the veggies wilting. Now, the obvious solution would be to put a lid on them, but that would defeat the convenience of easy access, especially for little guys.
So, I borrowed this idea from the grocery store. Since they spray down their vegetables to keep them looking fresh (I know, I know, washing vegetables does reduce their life span, but for my purposes, I’m using precut vegetables, and they would be dying soon, anyway), I figured I should try the same at home.
By keeping a spray bottle handy, everyone can help. Each time someone opens the fridge, they can spray down the veggie platter. Spraying is fun, apparently. My kids were fighting over the bottle all afternoon. But the best part is, if they spray the vegetables, they may just grab one and eat it!
Crudités in the Fridge
Raw vegetables, such as carrots, cauliflower, English cucumbers, etc.
Italian Ranch Dip (recipe follows)
Cut raw assorted vegetables and arrange in a glass baking dish. Place in refrigerator next to a dish of Italian Ranch Dip or your favorite dressing. Keep a clean spray bottle filled with fresh water in the refrigerator or nearby. Spray vegetables 6-8 times per day.
Italian Ranch Dip
1/3 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
2/3 cup light sour cream
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch garlic powder
pinch onion powder
10 leaves fresh basil, roughly chopped
Puree all ingredients in a food processor or a very good blender. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.