Five easy meal ideas with Smoky Butter Beans

Five easy meal ideas with Smoky Butter Beans

We all need a few quick meal ideas up our sleeve, especially during the busy season. Our Smoky Butter Beans are a super handy thing to have in the fridge or freezer as they're nutritious, filling and a real crowd-pleaser. If you aren't that fussed on baked beans, these are more smoky and savoury and definitely worth a try. They've converted many a non-baked-beaner, including some members of our family! 
Heather Ashcroft
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Why we love avocados

A long time before we began Brunch Box, we started an avocado subscription business in our local area. We taste tested a lot of avocados and discovered not all of them are created equal. We were completely fed up with the lucky dip of supermarket avocados. 

Everyone's familiar with the tense moment of cutting into a ripe avocado: Will it be a beautiful specimen or will it be bruised? Will it be stringy? Will it have a massive stone and barely any green goodness? Will we actually be eating avocado, or was it a waste of money? 

Sourcing directly from the grower is a crucial part of avocado success. Our avos aren't cool stored, which is critical to preserving the flavour. There is significantly less handling, which means less bruising. We deliver the avocados unripe, so you need to wait patiently for them to get to eating stage.

The best way to store them is on the kitchen bench, out of direct sunlight. This is important, because the sun will burn the avocado skin but not heat it all the way through, so you'll end up with an avo that's still raw in some parts and squishy in others.

Having your avocados delivered weekly means that you shouldn't need to wait long before another one is ready, which is brilliant when they are a regular feature on your menu.

The Different Stages of Ripening:

  1. This avocado is freshly picked, green and full of promise! The good fat in an avocado is what gives them their delicious flavour. As the season goes on and the fat level rises, they will ripen faster as the weather warms up.
  2. This avocado is darkening up but don't be tempted to cut into it just yet - it's not ready! The skin will yield slightly but it's not ripe the whole way through just yet, so wait a little longer. If you have too many ready to eat, this is a good time to pop some in the fridge to slow down their ripening time.
  3. Ripe! Today is the day! Check the avocado flesh gives a little when you press it. Another sign is being easily able to push the stem into the body of the fruit. Cut that beauty open and enjoy.

The waiting bit is not so easy when you love avocado, but there are some things you can do to speed it up.

  • Avocados ripen faster with a gentle, even heat. If you have a hot water cupboard, that's the fastest way to speed up the process.
  • Fruit like bananas, apples or kiwifruit release a natural ethylene gas which can also quicken ripening. Place your avocados in a paper bag together with some of these or put them alongside each other in the fruit bowl.

Remember avocados will ripen faster as we get further into summer. In October they take 7-10 days, but in March it's 3-4 days. 

An amazing avocado is such a delight to eat, and they are very nutritious, containing loads of different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are high in fibre - 14 grams per fruit! - and omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for our hearts. 

Delicious AND good for us - have we found the perfect fruit? 🥑

 

Heather Ashcroft
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