Shop & Store

Get the most out of your fall produce with our shop and store tips.

Pears

Pears sold at the grocery store are often hard because they ripen after they're picked off the tree from the inside out. To select a ripe pear, press near the stem with your thumb; if it gives in, it's ready to eat.

When shopping for the perfect pear, note that they vary in sweetness. Bosc pears are the least sweet and have a crisp bite. Both red and green Anjou pears are sweet and juicy. Bartlett pears are the sweetest variety.

It's best to store your pears at room temperature. If they are put in the fridge, they will not ripen.

Brussels Sprouts

When shopping for Brussels sprouts, look for ones that are firm and compact with vivid green leaves. Try to avoid spouts that are soft or have wilted, yellow leaves. Brussels sold on the stalk will keep slightly longer than those sold loose in a container or pre-shredded.

To store Brussels sprouts, keep them unwashed and untrimmed inside the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

Acorn Squash

Acorn squash should feel heavy and have no soft spots or cracks on their surface when you buy them. The squash should have a deep, rich color and a little bit of orange, signifying that it is ripe. Make sure the stem is attached to prevent moisture loss.

Acorn squash can be stored in a cool dark place for up to a month. Once you've cooked the squash, it can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Tip: Cut acorn squash with your sharpest knife between the ridges.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Dollar Store Decor

The hosts show you how to create useful and beautiful décor using items from the dollar store.

"Shop It, Don't Chop It" Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

Navigating weeknight meals can be a challenge. First, you have to shop, then you have to chop--and then there's the cooking. The good news is that The Kitchen has eliminated a few steps by selecting the best pre-chopped and ready-made supermarket ingredients. We've also combined these timesavers to make a delicious Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry.

How to Upgrade Store-Bought Barbecue Sauce

Learn how to transform everyday barbecue sauce so that it has the flavors you're craving.

POLL: What's the Centerpiece Dish on Your Holiday Table?

FN Dish wants to know: What main dish do you most often prepare for your holiday feast?

Piece of Cake Summer Party

Throw a great summer party with our easy tips for pleasing a crowd. We'll show you how to upgrade your favorite dishes and let your guests customize their cocktails with these new ideas for food, drinks and more!

A Tale of Two Southern Chickens

Learn the secret to making super-crispy fried chicken and creamy, hearty chicken and dumplings.

WATCH: The Do's and Don'ts of Football Parties

Hear from the cast of The Kitchen as they offer winning tips for both throwing and attending a big-game bash.

Here's How to Use Up All That Corn

Marcela and GZ show off their signature takes on this abundant summertime ingredient.

Piece of Cake Party: DIY Doughnut Wall

Birthday parties can be stressful to plan, but The Kitchen has great tips and tricks to make your next party a piece of cake!

On TV

What's New

Latest Stories