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Fuel Up to Play 60 and Chelan Fresh Deliver Millions of Student Meals

Chelan Fresh Provides Portable School Meal Carts to Schools, Serving an Estimated 1.6 Million Meals (Tacoma, WA, San Antonio, TX,)  October 5, 2021 – For the first time in over a year, many students will be back in school buildings, navigating a new normal. The last...

Chelan Fresh Provides Portable School Meal Carts to Schools, Serving an Estimated 1.6 Million Meals

(Tacoma, WA, San Antonio, TX,)  October 5, 2021 – For the first time in over a year, many students will be back in school buildings, navigating a new normal. The last thing that should be on their minds is where their next meal comes from. Unfortunately, more than 13 million students in the U.S. lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. That’s why Fuel Up to Play 60 and Chelan Fresh are stepping up to the plate, donating school meal carts that will be used in Fuel Up to Play 60 schools in Washington and Texas.

The twelve Grab and Goal school meal carts are an innovative solution donated by Chelan Fresh, one of Washington State’s largest suppliers of apples and pears and the nation’s largest provider of fresh cherries, to participating schools and will reach nearly 10,000 students, serving an estimated 1.6 million meals annually. This is in addition to an estimated 2.7M meals served as a result of carts provided during previous collaborations in the 2018-2020 school years.

While schools may look different this year due COVID, providing nutritious meal options to students is more important than ever, and 70% of parents said COVID-19 made them realize how important school meals are to families. “30 million students rely on school meals every day,” said Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND, president, National Dairy Council, “and with childhood food insecurity rates rising, access to nutritious school meals is one way to help students meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for dairy foods, produce, whole grains, and lean sources of protein, which are all important for growth and development.”

According to Feeding America, the effects of COVID-19 can be felt across the nation as now 1 in 6 children are food insecure. Chelan Fresh and Fuel Up to Play 60 are committed to getting students the nutrition they need, and these carts are a way to deliver nutritious foods while ensuring safety and meeting school guidelines.

Finding new ways to serve nutritious options in schools can make a difference in helping provide all students with the nutrition they need to fuel their potential. The rolling carts from Chelan Fresh provide easy solutions to school nutrition and meal service teams, allowing them to repurpose the carts to deliver meals to classrooms or parking lots, and areas that provide students easy access to nutritious foods. These carts will be provided to recipient schools in Washington and Texas in time for the 2021-2022 school year.

This effort marks Chelan Fresh’s support of Fuel Up to Play 60 for the 10th consecutive year, reinforcing the companies’ ongoing commitment to help K-12 schools improve or expand their nutrition and physical activity programs through Fuel Up to Play 60.

“As one of the original supporters of the Fuel Up to Play 60 team, Chelan Fresh has been a leader in the produce industry ensuring kids try and continue to choose nutritious food items at school and at home,” said Mac Riggan, Director of Marketing at Chelan Fresh.

The company began its support of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in 2011, and since that time has provided over $755,000 in funding and in-kind resources to support increasing student’s access across the country to nutritious foods.

“On behalf of National Dairy Council, dairy farmers and the dairy community, we’re thankful to continue our longstanding relationship with Chelan Fresh and their growers, and to collaborate in nourishing schools and communities through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program,” said Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND, president, National Dairy Council. “The joint effort from Chelan Fresh and Fuel Up to Play 60 will provide more students across the country with access to nutritious meals that include under-consumed dairy foods and produce in a convenient, on-the-go setting, providing them the nourishment they need to help fuel greatness in their learning, growth and development and play.”

To learn more and keep up with Fuel Up to Play 60 and Chelan Fresh, visit FuelUpToPlay60.com and ChelanFresh.com.

About Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. The program additionally encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, 14 million students are making better food choices and 18 million are more physically active. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association/Foundation, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.

About Chelan Fresh
Chelan Fresh is a fruit marketing company representing over 300 family owned farms who are committed to growing premium apples, pears, cherries and several stone fruit varieties for demanding domestic and international markets. Our fruit is grown in Central Washington where ample sunshine, gentle mountain slopes, fertile valleys and cool crisp air combine with the waters of the mighty Columbia River for ideal growing conditions.

About National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council® (NDC), the non-profit organization funded by the national dairy checkoff program, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. NDC provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. Established in 1915, NDC comprises a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition research and communications experts across the country. For more information, visit www.NationalDairyCouncil.org.

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Breakfast On-The-Go School Meal Cart

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How to make Vibrant Salads!

We all know that salads are a healthy meal choice, but let’s face it, they tend to get boring over time. So, how do you make your salads pop? Add fruit for texture and contrasting flavors and an interesting dressing and your taste buds will...

We all know that salads are a healthy meal choice, but let’s face it, they tend to get boring over time. So, how do you make your salads pop? Add fruit for texture and contrasting flavors and an interesting dressing and your taste buds will thank you!

Make Your Own Dressing

There are loads of delicious salad dressing choices on the market but sometimes it’s more economical to make your own in-between grocery store trips, not to mention healthier. Making your own salad dressing is also simple to put together and easy to scale up for a large family of salad eaters.

Most processed salad dressings have hidden sugars and salt in them which can be challenging for people trying to cut back for health reasons. Additionally, many salad dressings contain common allergens such as egg, gluten and soy. With homemade dressing you can rest assured that you know exactly what’s in it.

Kick it up a Notch with Apples

Not only are you adding a serving of fruit to your meal, and who doesn’t want that, but adding a handful of diced apples to your salad adds a crisp texture, fresh flavor and extra fiber to your greens.

Ingredients for Maximum Pop!

When choosing your salad ingredients, think about foods with contrasting textures and flavors. For instance, sweet apples pair well with salty, tangy foods like feta or blue cheese, as well as spicy greens such as Arugula. Tart apples are a perfect match for mild and creamy foods such as goat cheese and butter lettuce.

Your dressing ingredients can also play a major role in your salad’s flavor profile. The same rules of contrast apply to dressings; the sweetness in the apples stands up well to the tartness of the vinegar creating a vibrant contrast in flavors. Creamy dressings with yogurt or sour cream tone down tart apples, and toasted nuts compliment sweet flavors. When it comes to oils, try different flavors such as lemon or walnut oil to add a different twist.

Check out some of our vibrant salad suggestions below to help you keep your salad game strong throughout the year:

SugarBee® Apple Slaw with Citrus Chia Seed Dressing (photo above)

Tasting Notes: The sweetness of the SugarBee® apples brings a bright contract to the bitter cabbage and spicy radishes giving the salad more balance. The lemon oil stands up to the sweetness of the apple while the white wine vinegar does not overwhelm the lemon and apple flavors allowing the sweet-tart flavor profiles to shine through.

Rockit™ Apple, Bacon and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Adding an arugula salad with balsamic dressing on top of this flatbread makes this meal a healthy lunch, appetizer or dinner for the whole family. Rockit apples are sweet and mildly acidic, making them a perfect compliment to tart and tangy flavors like the balsamic vinegar and blue cheese which are higher in acidity and stronger in flavor. It’s the ultimate sweet and savory combination!

Candied Walnut Bacon Apple Salad with Lucy™ Glo Apple Vinaigrette 

The show stopping Lucy apples are known for their tangy and slightly sweet flavor profile. Lucy apples pair well with the creamy, warm flavors of the toasted walnut oil and bacon, which mellows out the tartness of the apple. The red wine vinegar adds just enough acidity to the walnut oil so it stands up to the sweetness of the apples.

home made apple cider vinegar using rockit apples

Apple Cider Vinegar: Benefits and DIY

Blog by: Valerie Musser, Valerie’s Of Course Catering We have all heard of Apple Cider Vinegar aka ACV.  But what is it for? There are so many uses! Here are a few of the reasons why we should all incorporate this natural ferment into our daily wellness...

Blog by: Valerie Musser, Valerie’s Of Course Catering

We have all heard of Apple Cider Vinegar aka ACV.  But what is it for? There are so many uses! Here are a few of the reasons why we should all incorporate this natural ferment into our daily wellness routine:

Health Benefits

  • Aids in digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Balances the bodies PH
  • Maintain healthy gut flora
  • Clears skin
  • Reduces gas and bloating
  • Kills harmful bacteria
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Natural appetite suppressant
  • Can relieve sinus pressure and congestion
  • Gets rid of dandruff
  • Sooths bug bite redness and itch
  • Lowers Cholesterol

So how do you incorporate this natural remedy into your own daily wellness routine? Many people will find that AVC is a bit too harsh to consume on its own, so here are a couple easy tonics, to try!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Elderberry Tonic

(This makes 1 adult dose or two child sized doses)

  • 1 TBSP of ACV
  • 1 TBSP of Elderberry Syrup* (can be found in most major grocery stores in the health and wellness section)
    *If you cannot find Elderberry Syrup or would rather use something else, honey is a great alternative.
  • Water

In an 8oz cup, add ACV and elderberry syrup, fill cup with water and enjoy.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea Tonic

(1 Adult Serving. Green Tea contains caffeine and is not recommended for children)

  • 1 cup brewed green tea
  • 1 TBSP of ACV
  • 1 TSP Maple Syrup
  • Squeeze of lemon

After you brew your tea, add the remaining ingredients, and enjoy these delicious health benefits.

If you do not have the time to prepare the above recipes and you are in a rush, a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water also will do the trick.

Another question I get a lot is, “What ACV should I buy to get the most health benefits from?”

 

There are many great brands out there and it can be overwhelming. Personally, when it comes to my health, I want the best of the best, so, I make my own. Apple Cider Vinegar is perhaps one of the easiest ferments out there. If you have ever been curious and wanted to try your hand at fermenting, I highly recommend starting with this one.

Apple Cider Vinegar DIY

First things first make sure that your supplies, knives, cutting boards and countertops are all clean and sterile.

Supplies:

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Glass Mason Jars (I like to use half gallon)
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubber band
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Spatula
  • Seedling mat (optional)

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 CUPS of apples chopped, peels, cores etc. (Rockit™, Gala, Fuji, Cortland, Pink Lady, Braeburn or Golden Delicious will do.  Each apple will create a different flavor profile, so it is fun to pick a different variety as every time you make a new batch.)
  • 7 TBSP sugar or raw honey (basically 1 TBSP per cup of water)
  • 7 CUPS pure (non-chlorinated) warm but NOT hot water

Chop up your apples and fill the mason jars ¾ of the way with all the pieces, peels, seeds, cores, everything! Mix your sugar or honey into the warm water, stir to completely dissolve and pour the mixture over the apples parts and pieces leaving space (around 2-3 inches) at the top of each jar. At this point, you may add a splash of apple cider vinegar if you have some on hand, this can help with mold prevention and give the Apple Cider Vinegar a bit of a kickstart.

Cover with cheesecloth and put rubber band around the rim to keep it on. If you are using regular quart sized jars, you can also use a metal sealing ring.

Set in a warm dark place for 2 weeks. Apple Cider Vinegar ferments best in temperatures ranging from 60°F to 80°F, if you live in a cooler climate, I recommend using a seedling mat. They are affordable and easy to find online or at a farm store. You MUST stir your Apple Cider Vinegar mixture EVERY DAY or you will develop mold on the apples that are surfacing throughout the fermentation process rendering it no good. If you go out of town for a weekend, it will be okay, but plan this project around your lengthy (longer than two day) family vacations.

When the two weeks is up, you will now strain out the solids. Press against them in your fine mesh strainer with the flat side of a spatula, to extract all the juicy goodness.

You may want to use a smaller jar for the second fermentation.  I find that when using a half gallon mason jar to begin with, I end up with just about a quart of liquid.

When you add the liquid to the new sterilized jar, cover with fresh cheesecloth and set back in a warm dark place for an additional 4 weeks.

You will know your apple cider vinegar is done when:

  1. When the proper time has elapsed
  2. When it has a strong ACV smell

When you have successfully made a batch of ACV you have created a true vinegar and it will essentially last indefinitely at room temperature. Apple Cider Vinegar is naturally a hostile environment for harmful bacteria, and they cannot survive. Enjoy!

Rockit Apple Power Bites

Rockit™ Apple Power Bites

Recipe by: Valerie Musser Yield: 3 days' worth Ingredients 1 cup peanut or almond butter ½ cup unsweetened coconut shreds ½ cup chopped dates or raisins 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds 1 tbsp chia seeds  1 tbsp cacao nibs 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds 1 tsp vanilla extract ...

Recipe by: Valerie Musser

Yield: 3 days’ worth

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut or almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • ½ cup chopped dates or raisins
  • 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds 
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon 
  • Rockit™ Apples sliced or roughly chopped

Method

  1. Add all the above ingredients to a bowl except for the apple.
  2. Divide the mixture into three parts and using your hands, roll into three balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  3. Eat with your Rockit™ apples by putting the nut mixture onto a slice, or take a bite of each, or if you are near a kitchen, dice up your Rockit™ apple and add the pieces to the mixture. (Apples do not keep well in oil, so you should do this day of.)

Paleo Rockit™ Apple Crème Pâtissière Pudding

Yields: 4 servings Recipe by: Truong Nguyen INGREDIENTS 1 can Coconut cream (13.5 Fl Ounce ) 2 Ea. Rockit™ apple- peeled, small diced 5 Ea. egg yolks- pasture raised ¼ Cup Cornstarch ¼  Cup golden maple syrup  1 Tsp. Vanilla extract ½ Tsp. Kosher Salt 2...

Yields: 4 servings
Recipe by: Truong Nguyen

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can Coconut cream (13.5 Fl Ounce )
  • 2 Ea. Rockit™ apple- peeled, small diced
  • 5 Ea. egg yolks- pasture raised
  • ¼ Cup Cornstarch
  • ¼  Cup golden maple syrup 
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ½ Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 2 Ea. Rockit™ apples – descended and thinly sliced
  • ½ Tsp. Cinnamon- ground
  • 2 Tbsp Water

 

 

PREPARATION:  

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat coconut cream and petite apple slices until simmering slightly.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, maple syrup, vanilla and salt.
  3. Add ¼ of the hot coconut cream to egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Once combined add back to the pan with the rest of the coconut cream.  
  4. Reduce heat, whisk continuously till thick. Pour into an airtight container and chill. Or serve warm immediately.
    NOTE: don’t be alarmed if your pudding looks a little shiny. It’s the coconut oil trying to separate. Just give it a good whisking and it will come back together.
  5. Heat a small sauté pan. Add apples. And cinnamon and a Tbsp of water. Cook for 2 mins and set aside.
  6. Time to assemble in your chosen dish. I like stemless martini glasses. Add your patisserie crème, top with cooked sliced apples.

Yum!

Rockit™ Apple Partners with The Tiny Chef to Showcase Miniature Apples

Chelan, Wash. – August 31, 2021 – Rockit™ Apple, the original miniature-sized apple grown for on-the-go snacking, is partnering with Instagram sensation, The Tiny Chef, a 6.5 in. tall herbivore that creates tiny dishes. Together they are helping to spread the word about the world’s...

Chelan, Wash. – August 31, 2021 – Rockit™ Apple, the original miniature-sized apple grown for on-the-go snacking, is partnering with Instagram sensation, The Tiny Chef, a 6.5 in. tall herbivore that creates tiny dishes. Together they are helping to spread the word about the world’s first tiny apple.

Tiny Chef became fast friends with notable celebrities like Kristen Bell and boasts an international Instagram following of more than 600,000 fans. As a winner of two 2021 Webby Awards, The Tiny Chef has won the hearts of people around the world with his endearing voice and tiny culinary creations.

The Tiny Chef is making the exciting journey along the Pacific Crest Trail from Portland, Ore. to Southern California on a quest to fulfill his dreams of hosting his very own cooking show on television. To help support Tiny Chef’s adventurous trek to Hollywood, Rockit™ Apple is sponsoring The Tiny Chef’s journey to help fuel his energy every step of the way.

“We have been fans of the Tiny Chef for a long time and are honored to sponsor Cheffy’s adventure to Hollywood,” says Julie DeJarnatt, director of retail strategy for Chelan Fresh. “Both our apples and Tiny Chef are so unique and tiny—this was a natural partnership that we had to take part in.”

Rockit™, a healthy and sweet miniature apple that is perfect for on-the-go snacking, will be featured on The Tiny Chef Show channels August 31 and September 14 as Tiny Chef treks down the Pacific Crest Trail with Rockit™ apples to power his journey. Watch on the @tinychefshow Instagram page and learn more about Rockit™ apples at www.rockitapple.us.

About Rockit™ Apples
Rockit™ apples are the world’s first miniaturized apples. They naturally grow in the perfect snack-size, are very sweet and deliver a big crunch. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber to support everyday health for active kids and adults, these tiny apples are also beloved by athletes and fitness enthusiasts for their big nutritional punch in a tiny package. Rockit™ apples are grown by select premium apple growers around the world, including Chelan Fresh in Central Washington state. www.rockitapple.us

About Chelan Fresh™
Chelan Fresh™ growers take pride in growing premium apples, pears, cherries and stone fruit. Our fresh fruit is all handpicked on 3rd and 4th generation family farms in the mountains of Washington state where ample sunshine, gentle mountain slopes, fertile valleys and cool crisp air combine with the mighty waters of the Columbia River for ideal growing conditions.

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The Tiny Chef opens a box from Rockit™ apple

The Tiny Chef with the perfect size Rockit™ apple to fuel his journey

Tiny Chef Show x Rockit™ Infographic

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Julie DeJarnatt
julied@chelanfresh.com

Rockit™ Apple Dutch Baby Pancake

Recipe by: Truong Nguyen Yield: 4 servings  INGREDIENTS 3 Eggs, Whole  ¾ cup Milk  ¾ cup All Purpose Flour  ¼ Tsp. Kosher Salt  1 Tsp. Ground cinnamon  4 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter (divided- 2 Tbsp each)  3 Rockit™ Apples, De-cored, medium sliced  To Taste Maple syrup  To Taste...

Recipe by: Truong Nguyen
Yield: 4 servings 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Eggs, Whole 
  • ¾ cup Milk 
  • ¾ cup All Purpose Flour 
  • ¼ Tsp. Kosher Salt 
  • 1 Tsp. Ground cinnamon 
  • 4 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter (divided- 2 Tbsp each) 
  • 3 Rockit™ Apples, De-cored, medium sliced 
  • To Taste Maple syrup 
  • To Taste Powdered Sugar

PREPARATION  

  1. Preheat Oven to 425 Fahrenheit  
  2. In a blender, blend eggs, milk, flour, salt, cinnamon. Set Aside.
  3. In cast iron pan on medium heat melt 2 Tbsp Butter add Apple sauté 2 mins. Remove and set aside for garnish. 
  4. Add additional 2 tbsp butter to pan and melt on medium heat.
  5. Once butter is bubbling, add batter and place in preheated oven. Bake for 15 minutes until puffy, golden and center is set but still custardy.
    (Don’t be alarmed it will deflate slightly when removed from oven.)

PLATING  

  1. Slice in the pan, garnish with cooked apples in the center.
  2. Finish with a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar. Serve with maple syrup. YUM!

Salmon and Apple Salad with Miso and Grapefruit Dressing

Recipe and photography by: Kelly Gibney Serves 2 Salad Ingredients 2 Rockit apples - core removed and thinly sliced 80g salad leaves 5 cm piece cucumber - thinly sliced 100g smoked salmon slices (or more if you like) To serve: fresh dill leaves and pumpkin seeds Dressing Ingredients ...

Recipe and photography by: Kelly Gibney
Serves 2

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 Rockit apples – core removed and thinly sliced
  • 80g salad leaves
  • 5 cm piece cucumber – thinly sliced
  • 100g smoked salmon slices (or more if you like)
  • To serve: fresh dill leaves and pumpkin seeds

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (could also use 50/50 blend orange and lemon)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger root
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Place all the dressing ingredients into a small jug. Whisk or use a stick to blend together until smooth. Taste and season well.
  2. Scatter the salad leaves on the plates. Arrange the cucumber and apple slices. Top with smoked salmon slices and drizzle generously with the dressing.
  3. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and dill.

Guilt-Free Goodness On the Go!

Rockit™ Apple is honored to bring tiny but mighty flavor-forward experiences to life alongside Justin's – we appreciate the partnership at Seltzerland events, friends!

1. Bite into the Rockit™ apple 2. Squeeze on your favorite Justin's Nut Butter product 3. Eat your nutritious snack 4. Repeat!...

Rockit™ Apple is honored to bring tiny but mighty flavor-forward experiences to life alongside Justin’s – we appreciate the partnership at Seltzerland events, friends!

1. Bite into the Rockit™ apple

2. Squeeze on your favorite Justin’s Nut Butter product

3. Eat your nutritious snack

4. Repeat!

Roasted Duck Breast with Rockit™ Apple Celery Herb Salad

Recipe by: Truong Nguyen Yield: 2 Servings  INGREDIENTS   1 Duck Breast, defrosted and patted dry.  1 Tbsp. Five spice powder  3 Rockit Apple, de-seeded and thinly sliced ¼ cup Celery stalk cut thinly on a Bias, Leaves washed and dried ¼ cup Cilantro leaves  2 Tbsp. Fresh Mint  ...

Recipe by: Truong Nguyen

Yield: 2 Servings 

INGREDIENTS  

  • 1 Duck Breast, defrosted and patted dry. 
  • 1 Tbsp. Five spice powder 
  • 3 Rockit Apple, de-seeded and thinly sliced ¼ cup Celery stalk cut thinly on a Bias, Leaves washed and dried ¼ cup Cilantro leaves 
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh Mint 
  • 1 Tsp. Kosher Salt 
  • 2 Tsp. Peanuts canned-Roasted and lightly salted, Chopped 
  • Rockit Apple Dressing  
  • 1 Apple- Peeled and de-cored  
  • 1 Garlic clove 
  • ½ Tsp. Red pepper flakes 
  • 1 cup H20 Water 
  • ¼ cup Lime juice 
  • To Taste Kosher Salt

PREPARATION  

  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
    TIP: Duck breast can be hard to find during off season. Using  frozen is fine. But make sure to defrost and pat dry. “ Dry skin means crispier deliciousness”
  2. In a blender, Blend together apple, garlic, chili flakes, H20, lime juice. Until smooth. Season to  taste. Your dressing should be a balanced salty sweet. Set aside.
  3. Scoring your duck skin. Using a sharp knife, Begin slicing your duck skin parallel starting from  one end. Make 20 scoring marks. Next make an additional 20 scoring marks going in a perpendicular direction. The more scoring lines the better, just avoid scoring to deep into the skin.  You do not wish to pierce the meat.
  4. Using a sauté pan, Heat pan on medium heat. Lay duck breast skin side down. Cook for 5 minutes until some fat has rendered and skin is beginning to crisp.
  5. Add five spice powder and salt to meat side of the duck breast place in oven and bake for 10  mins. Rest whole for 5 mins before slicing.
  6. In separate bowl mix apples, celery, celery leaves, cilantro, mint. Set Aside

PLATING  

7. Pour a puddle of dressing on a plate. Slice duck breast and place on sauce skin side up. Top with herb  celery mixture. Drizzle some dressing on top and finish with chopped peanuts.