Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of Pinterest. (Well, actually, I shouldn't say that. Many people who read my blog do not share my intense interest in social media.) Pinterest is about the coolest thing to come a long since... well, Twitter. Pinterest is a social media platform where users can "pin" items from other websites (visuals, like photographs) of things that interest them and then organize those pins on boards. You can "follow" all or just some of a person's boards. Or, you can just look at what everyone is pinning and pick and choose your own from there. If you see something interesting on a website, you can copy the photo and link and add it to one or more of your boards. (There's even a toolbar plug-in to simplify this action.)
Anything and everything can be found on Pinterest. One of the funniest things I've noticed is that people tend to post photos/links to food and exercise ideas. Seems kind of self canceling... but I'm one of the guilty parties. So many of the food items look so good... you can't resist. And yet the exercise stuff is very motivational. Another Pinterest phenomenon is to pin a million things and then never attempt any of the recipes or craft ideas. After spending so much time on the website, who has time to cook or make stuff? (LOL!) One of Sierra's friends is hosting a "Pinterest Party" where each guest is required to bring a food item prepared from a recipe they found on Pinterest. Brilliant.
One of my favorite things I've learned from Pinterest is a handy idea for storing berries. I've used this several times and it works really well. When you bring the berries home from the store (any kind of berry) rinse them in a solution of 1 part vinegar and 10 parts water. I do this in a big plastic tub. I dump the berries in, swish them around and then pull them out to dry. (Don't rinse.) The vinegar kills the mold spores and keeps the berries fresh for a much longer time. And there is no vinegar taste. I also store all prepped fruits and vegetables in mason jars in the refrigerator... another Pinterest idea.
So tonight... that was my job as Sierra's baking assistant. I'm happy to do it. Now I need to try out a few of the other (million) things I have pinned.