By: Elisheva Blumberg, Lubicom Marketing Staff
Sponsored by Dorot Gardens
It’s almost Sukkot, and you’re faced with the same challenge that comes with every holiday: how can you put a variety of healthy, quality, delicious food on the table as fast as humanly possible?
The answer: find the right kitchen hack.
The right kitchen hack will accelerate your cooking marathon, allowing you to get more done in less time. Oh yeah, and it might even make your food taste better.
Because if you cook, you’ll know that a major time drain is the herb, onion, and garlic prep — the peeling, the mincing, the chopping, the dicing. Not to mention the need to keep fresh herbs, onions, and garlic around at all times, scrambling to use them before they go bad, and oh… don’t forget checking them for infestation.
How to Knock Out One Major Cooking Chore in Two Seconds
With Dorot Gardens flash-frozen cubes, you can pop into your recipe pre-portioned garlic, sautéed onions, ginger, or herbs — without the hassle of prepping them.
Dorot offers frozen cubes in basil, cilantro, parsley, ginger, garlic, and dill, and are flash-frozen into their cube trays within 90 minutes of harvest, which means they have a high concentration of nutrients and they taste super fresh.
As opposed to fresh herbs that wilt fast, Dorot Gardens trays have a freezer shelf life of two years, so you don’t have to worry about food waste.
The Usual Problem with Convenience Foods
Unfortunately, convenience food often comes at the cost of taste.
Think about it: dried herbs have only a passing resemblance to the real thing. Try comparing fresh basil and dried basil — they’re like two completely different species!
And what about jarred garlic versus freshly crushed garlic? If you’re a foodie, you’ll know, the two are different as…well, apples and oranges.
But frozen herbs can taste nearly identical to their fresh counterparts. The great part is that Dorot Gardens cubes are all-natural and preservative-free, so you get convenience without sacrificing health.
Garlic the Easy Way
It seems like almost every savory recipe includes garlic. Roasts, chicken, fish, stew, veggie sides, pastas, virtually everything. Garlic ups the ante on so many dishes, but seriously, wouldn’t it be great if you never had to struggle to chop up a garlic clove?
All you need to know: 1 cube of Dorot Gardens Garlic = 1 garlic clove
When we think Sukkot, we think of hearty recipes that keep the outdoor autumn chill at bay. Garlic is the perfect warming food, and it has medicinal properties too!
Here are some Sukkot recipes in which you can use frozen garlic cubes, though you can use them in any recipe that calls for fresh garlic.
Nechama Norman’s Skirt Steak with Garlic Parsley Rub
Rivky Kleiman’s Minestrone Soup
Norene Gilletz’s Stew Italiano
Estee Kafra’s Fennel and Sweet Pea Soup
Frozen garlic hack: Make authentic garlic mayo for your Sukkot table in under one minute! Just mix mayonnaise, Dorot Gardens garlic cubes, lemon juice and a bit of oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Ginger Without the Hassle
The sweet and zesty flavor of ginger works beautifully with all kinds of Sukkot dishes. And when it comes to speedy preparation, frozen ginger will save you the lengthy hassle of peeling and grating a fresh ginger root.
Ginger, of course, works great in Asian-inspired stir-fries, as well as desserts. Here are some other Sukkot options in which you can use fresh ginger:
Estee Kafra’s Citrus Cornish Hens
Sharon Lurie’s Osso Buco
Michal Frischman’s Plum Chicken
Frozen ginger hack: Nourish yourself and keep warm in your Sukkah with gourmet ginger tea (minus the steeping!) Prepare a glass of tea and add some lemon juice and one Dorot Gardens ginger cube. Instant steaming deliciousness.
Every time an onion is sautéed, a mini miracle happens: the sharp, pungent flavor of the onion gets transformed into a melt-in-your-mouth sweetness. It’s certainly worth the 20 minutes to sauté a batch of onions, right?
But what if you didn’t have to wait?
Yup — the Dorot Gardens lineup features Sautéed Glazed Onion Cubes. Made from yellow onions braised in their own juices till they turn golden brown, glazed onion cubes are the ultimate convenience.
1 tray of Dorot Gardens Sautéed Glazed Onions = 3 chopped onions
Cut your cook time in half when using frozen sautéed onions with these Sukkot recipes:
Gil Marks’ Turkish Squash with Tomatoes
Shoshie Steinhart’s Brisket with Silan and Orange
Esther Ottensoser’s Mashed Potatoes with a Flair
Frozen sautéed onions hack: Sara Kahn’s Onion Dip (made with defrosted sautéed onions, mayo, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and water) takes just minutes to assemble, and is sure to be a hit at your Yom Tov table.
Ready-to-use frozen garlic, onion, ginger, and herbs will elevate your cooking and save you valuable time. Try out some trays this Sukkot and you may just be hooked!