By Martin Lew
We usually go to a grocery store for food that is fresh, ripe, and good to eat, but sometimes the food that you buy is not always like that. You should listen to these tips closely to choose the best groceries for homemade meals. You can mostly tell by using your 5 senses. Touching, seeing, feeling, and smelling could now make a difference in picking ripe food.
-For bananas to be good, they have to be yellow and not have a lot of spots. If they are brown or you can feel they are mushy, they should definitely be left behind. The banana can be green and that doesn’t mean it is bad. It just means it needs to be out longer.
-Berries are good if they have a fragrant smell. They should be juicy and if it is in a container, look for stains or leaks.
-Apples should be firm and have a rich color lke the color red. If it looks like it is flattened a little or dented, it is best not to be eaten.
-Grapefruits, oranges, and pineapples should be heavy, firm, and also really jucy if you pick it right. Also when you squeeze it, it should stay in place not mushy. Also underipe pineapples should be room temperature and avoid sunlight.
-If pears are your favorite fruit, you should gently squeeze the area around the pear. If it gives, it is good to go.
-You should always pick cherries by feeling them. They should be plump, dark red like blood, and have a green stem.
-To pick a peach with ripeness and deliciousness, you can tell by the color. They should be golden yellow not light yellow. Red is mostly on peaches because when we see things that are red, we usually think it is ripe like apples.
-Cantaloupes should have a sweet smell and have a nice orange color on the inside.
-If you buy a whole watermelon, the watermelon should be well rounded, a light greenish color, and it should be heavy no matter the size.
-Strawberries should have a cap shaped stem and you should avoid strawberries with no seeds.
If you are looking for some asparagus, keep your eyes open for some smooth, dark green asparagus. Also look for dense closed points on the spears. Don’t buy more than you could eat for 2 days because they won’t be fresh.
-Red bell peppers are actually sweeter and riper than green ones. Get smooth, heavy peppers and shake one. If you can hear the seeds, it is past its due date.
-Broccoli should be light green, compacted heads are ripe while avoiding bruised ones. The smaller buds should be dark green and shouldn’t be open because that would mean it is too “old.”
-Cabbages should have a dense heavy head and usually come in many colors. They can last for a very loooong time if kept in the fridge.
-Beets should be 1 and one fourth to 2 inches in diameter. Also the leaves should be 4 to 6 inches to be fresh.
-Brussel sprouts should be firm and about 1 inch in diameter to be ripe.
-Cauliflower should be white, firm and the head of the cauliflower should be together with its buds. - Chard leaves should be 8-10 inches for it to be tender.
-Corn should be picked when it is a mixture of green and light green. The inside when it is good is bright yellow, very juicy, and should be sweet.
-Bok Choy should have dark green leaves with white stalks, but young ones will have light green leaves.
-Cucumber should be 6-8 inches if you want to chop it up for your dish. The cucumbers will be past it’s due date when it is large or the color has changed to yellow.
-Onions should be firm and dry. They should also have a thin skin. They shouldn’t be too dry or have soft wet spots.
-To pick garlic, you should pick it when it is yellow and dry.
Finally, I hope you enjoyed these tips and next time you go to the grocery store, pick wisely while picking veggies and fruits
By: Tina Yang and Cecilia Yong
Smallfoot is about a young Yeti named Migo, who is trying to prove that another species called the Smallfoot species exists. It’s harder than it sounds though, because there is the Stone Keeper, who has stones that ‘protect’ the village. There are a bunch of rules, and things they have to believe in that are written on the stones. One fateful day, Migo discovers a Smallfoot (human) and tells the village. He was banished from the village for defying the stones. There were three other people from the village who also believed that the Smallfoot species exist, though. They took him to their leader, who just so happened to be the daughter of the Stone Keeper. She introduced herself as the leader the S.E.S.-- The Smallfoot Evidentiary Society. Soon after, they bring Migo beneath the clouds. According to the stones, below the clouds is nothingness, and you fall forever. As said in the film, there are only yaks ---all the way down.
And yet, when he descends, he lands in snow after only a very short period of time. This confuses him. Did he fall on the yaks? When he goes off to explore, he finds a little town, and he sees a Smallfoot. The Smallfoot tries to shoot Migo, but soon afterwards, they develop a friendship. The Smallfoot is a TV show host named Percy who has a show about animals. His show is going down in ratings and he’s losing his money. He can’t go on to pay off anything without his show! When Percy sees Migo, he is determined to prove to everyone that Yetis exist. He’d get so many viewers and possibly be rich! Meanwhile, Migo and the rest of the S.E.S. are determined to prove that the Smallfoot species exist, to defy the stones, and to show the Stone Keeper that he isn’t protecting the village… he’s destroying it.
Our rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ★ (four stars)
We rated Smallfoot foot 4 stars because it was only a bit predictable, but it had a really meaningful lesson. The lesson is to always be curious even though people tell you not to be. Always ask questions! It included many things in the story that an audience loves, such as adventure, comedy, and meaning. We enjoyed this movie, and hopefully you do, too. Thank you for reading this movie review!
By Alexander Zlatev
Do you think you know Fortnite? You do? Well test your skills on this quiz.
By Jaguar Share
Throughout this quiz you will be able to learn more about the mechanics and history of these two games, as you put your trivia knowledge to the test!
Hamsters are a very unique animal, known to be a common household pet in North America. They are very popular for being small and cute. Here’s some information and tips about them!
Tips for picking a hamster
Tip 1: First of all, to get a pet hamster, you have to find a place that sells hamsters.
Depending on what kind of hamster you are looking for, you can check a pet store. But if you are looking for a specific type of hamster, you can check a hamster breeder.
Tip 2: Pick a healthy and strong looking hamster.
A healthy hamster would be clean and dry, except for the scent glands. If the tail is wet, the hamster may have a disease that is contagious. So find one that is dry, except for the scent glands.
Tip 3: Think what size of a hamster you would like.
The bigest hamster is called the Syrian hamster and it can grow to be 5-7 inches.. The smallest hamster is called a dwarf hamster grows to about 2-3 inches.
Tip 4: Choose what color you’d like.
Hamsters come in many colors, mostly golden, but it depends on the breed.
Tip 5: Choose a name for your hamster
It really depends on you to name your hamster, but the ideas you could base the name off of is the color, the kind, or just a random name you’ve liked!
by Katya Shlicoff
Mochi is a Japanese sweet glutinus rice with high starch that can be put into many different forms. Mochi ice cream was originated by Frances Hashimoto. in this article I will be showing you how to make mochi ice cream!
What you need:
1. In a large/medium pot fill an estimated ¾ of it with water.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. Separately, in a heat resistant glass bowl (preferably large) mix together the sweet rice flour, water, sugar and food coloring. Place the bowl on top of the pot of boiling water and start double boiling it in the pot, kneading every minute or so with a spatula for about 20 minutes.
4. After the sweet rice flour mixture is sticky enough for you to hold, get a sheet pan and cover it with cornstarch to prevent sticking. Scoop out the sweet rice flour mixture onto the sheet pan, cover the mixture with corn starch as well. Let it cool until you can hold it and it won’t burn you.
5. After the mixture has cooled down start kneading the mixture with your hands and spread out into an estimated 12 inch long and 12 inch wide, with about ½ inch in thickness.
6. Separate the mixture into 12 almost equal squares and put a spoonful of ice cream in each piece
7. Stretch out the piece of dough and fold it over the ice cream, squeeze it and twist it to close it.
8. Any extra dough you can just pull off of the mochi.
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