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Cranberry Chili

The problem with being a fourth generation cranberry farmer from Cranberry Country, Massachusetts—the southeastern part of the state that is pretty much covered in bogs—is that you, unfortunately, get typecast.

“People know that if you’re having dinner at our house, it’s probably going to have cranberries in it,” says Patrick Rhodes. Patrick is the latest in a long line of cranberry-growing, and cranberry-loving Rhodes’ who have been raising the tart, acidic treats since the 1930s. Like most folks, sure, they use them at Thanksgiving table. But the Rhodes family is so enamored with the little red berries they grow, that they eat them at pretty much every meal. Read more »

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Join the Conversation: Food Waste in America

As part of our mission to build a more sustainable food system, we’re committed to doing our part to turn this trend around. We asked the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a leading global sustainability non-profit, to conduct a study to learn more about our impact on food waste. The study, which set out to compare a week of meals’ waste at Blue Apron versus the traditional grocery store, revealed that we reduce food waste by 62% in comparison. We’ve been able to achieve this thanks to our unique business model, which enables us to predict demand and work directly with farmers to grow only what’s needed for our recipes, as well as to pre-portion ingredients for our customers and donate to food banks across the country. Read more »

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How to Channel Your Inner Sommelier

Like your favorite seasoning or spice, wine can instantly enhance a meal. To help you master the perfect pairing, we’ve offered simple tips, as well as highlights from our October wine delivery, to keep in mind as you plan your Blue Apron meals–your taste buds will thank you! Read more »

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The Best Wine Requires a Master Blender

Remember the last time you uncorked a great-tasting bottle of wine? Sure, the vineyard probably deserved some credit for growing tasty grapes in the first place. But the real star behind every wonderful red or white is a winemaker who’s skilled at blending—the art of mixing and matching lots of grapes, batches of wine or both. Blending wine is simple in theory, and most winemakers are plenty good at it—but to achieve perfection in a wine, you want winemaker Helen Keplinger in your corner. Read more »

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From the Ground Up: The Story of a Dazzling Purple Pepper

By now, it’s no secret that we harbor deep affection for offbeat and unique produce. (Petite, fairy tale eggplants? Check. Dazzling striped, rose-hued lemons? Check.) And what’s more, we love sending you beautiful vegetables that are good for the farms growing them. So we’re excited to introduce you to the islander pepper, a stunningly-purple (and sometimes yellow, orange and red!) pepper making its crunchy, delicious debut on dinner plates across the country this summer. Read more »

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Your Kids Cooking Camp Certificate of Achievement

Thank you to all the families that joined us at camp this year! We loved seeing your photos, reading your postcards and watching your videos.

From learning their way around the utensil drawer to growing a key ingredient for dinner, your kids are now set up for success in the kitchen! Here’s a little something to celebrate all that they’ve learned: a Certificate of Achievement. You can download it here and print it for your little campers (now back-to-schoolers!) Read more »

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A Fairy Tale (Eggplant) with a Happily Ever After

With its miniature form and gorgeous violet-and-white skin, fairy tale eggplant is just as dreamy as it sounds. But there’s even more to this specialty variety than meets the eye. It’s also incredibly fruitful and resilient, two big wins for farmers (and we mean that quite literally: the seed has brought home an All-America Selections vegetable award). As for the cooks? Fairy tale offers a delicious, delicate flavor and delightfully creamy bite. Plus, this palm-sized eggplant is a breeze to prep for sautés, stir-fries, grilled dishes and more. Read more »

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Your August Food Horoscopes Are Here

Long days, warm nights and sun to spare: August is all about the dog days of summer. For us, this month is a celebration of summer’s most flavorful bounty: eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, melons and cucumbers. If it’s juicy, colorful and fresh, we’re eating it in August.
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DIY Pea Shoots Grow Kits

Did you know that in about just two weeks, you can harvest easy-to-grow, flavorful pea shoots right at home? No backyard or garden required! Keep reading for the instructions on how to turn your grow kit into a pot for your pea shoots! But first… Read more »

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Wine Pairing 101: How Tannins Bridge Each Bite and Sip

It’s only natural to wonder how or why the blackberry, plum or other fruit flavors pair with, say, a steak. On your first bite and sip, you’ll quickly find that they do—but pairing food and wine is as much about feel as it is about flavors, and the effect a wine has on your palate as you sip it. Pair for feel, and you’ll have an even better dining experience. Read more »

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