Household Hint of the Day: September 10, 2009

 

These are not funky, orange rotten tomatoes...they are persimmons.  Don't throw them away!

These are not funky, orange rotten tomatoes...they are persimmons. Don't throw them away!

When cleaning out someone else’s refrigerator, it’s always a good idea to make sure they don’t have any exotic fruits or vegetables inside that you might mistake for garbage.

Which is surprisingly easy to do. 

Such is the case with persimmons, which look like funky, orange, rotten tomatoes – but, they aren’t. 

They’re actually funky, orange fleshy fruits…giant berries, technically.  Definitely not garbage.  Unless, of course, they are rotten, in which case they get even uglier than they are supposed to be, we imagine. But, maybe they’re the Benjamin Button of berries and start out hideously ugly but mature into something spritely and divine. We’ve never spent that much time around persimmons, but will let you know if ever we do.

You should also not assume onions lying around on counters are really onions.  Those could be tulip bulbs. 

That tupperware full of smelly, stinky, slimy funk?  Could be expensive Bleu de Gex, Brie de Meux, Camembert, or a host of other stinky, slimy, delicious-to-many, french cheeses. 

And don’t even think about touching that withered up, hard-as-a-rock, wrapped-in-lace-and-tinfoil lump in the back of the freezer…because that could be wedding cake.  Ancient, petrified, butter-cream-and-flower-swirled memories of someone’s most special day…preserved for sentimental value under the peas and ice packs.

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