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Let’s talk a little history with our beer.


Oktoberfest. It started in Munich, 1810 to celebrate a royal wedding and the welfare of Bavaria. It was basically an upper-crust royal affair until all the citizens of Munich were invited to come party on the palatial front lawn! It marked such a significant and jubilant time for Munich that people decided to celebrate that time every year, with each subsequent celebration becoming more elaborate and renowned. The more popular the event became, the more beer halls joined the party…until they were throwing the party!

Now from the third week of September to the first week of October, people everywhere celebrate what has become the festival of beer lovers. The tradition is over 200 years old and though it holds special meaning for Bavarians and Germans everywhere, I think it’s also earned a special place in everyone’s hearts. It’s the beginning of fall, the kids are in school, football’s back on, and there’s no better time to enjoy a lovely craft beer.

Try these German recipes the next time you’re feeling Oktoberfest-y. And if you want some extra guidance or help with how to cook something, don’t forget you can connect with a chef and show them what you’re working with through our app! Now you can cook these dishes like you’re from Germany.

Bavarian Pretzels

Pork Schnitzel

German Potato Salad

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Toward the end of September, fall produce starts to become very vibrant and tasty! In order to be at the top of your fall produce shopping and preparing game, here is a list of a tips and tricks for some of our favorite fall vegetables and fruits!


Apples

Have trouble with your apples turning brown after you cut them? Place them in a water bath next time until you’re ready to serve or eat them. The water keeps the apple from oxidizing and turning brown.

Leeks

Leeks grow in sand and it can be difficult to get all of that grit rinsed off. Cut your leeks in half long ways and then soak them in a water bath for 4-5 minutes. Bend them backwards to open up all of the folds in the leek. Dry and use them however you’d like. No grit!

Green Onions

Green onions or scallions are incredibly easy to regrow. Simply cut the root bottom from the green onions, place it in a cup with a little dirt and some drainage holes. Water it daily, just enough to keep the soil moist. You can grow them inside or outside. Either way, never buy green onions again!

Leafy Greens (Kale, Mustard, Turnip)

The best way to make your leafy greens last longer is to grab a plastic food container, place enough paper towels to cover the bottom and then place your leafy greens in the container. Top the leafy greens with another layer of paper towels and seal tight. This should drastically increase the shelf life of your greens.

Sweet Potatoes

To find the perfect tasting sweet potato, look for small to medium sized ones. These will be a little sweeter and smoother tasting. Large sweet potatoes tend to be a little more solid and starchy tasting. Also, you’ll want to find one with no dark spots, even-colored skin and the darker the color the better!

Persimmons

Persimmons are delicious when in-season but it’s often difficult to find that perfectly ripe one. Here’s a little trick to ripen your persimmons overnight! Simply place them in a ziplock bag in the freezer over night. The next day, take them out of the freezer and let them defrost a good few hours before cooking or eating. You’ll taste and see that they are perfectly soft, sweet and ripe.

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Chefter is an app that connects you to professional chefs for real time culinary support when you need it. Use our app on your smartphone to bring a chef right into your kitchen. Our motivational chefs will help you cook better with inspired recipes based on worldly dishes and easy methods just a click a way. Talk live with talented chefs both on-demand or through reservations. Access to this amount of culinary knowledge allows home cooks and food lovers everywhere to explore the world of cuisine.

Here are 7 of the most popular ways so far that foodies and home cooks enjoy using Chefter.

Make a grocery list

Get a professional chef to help you prepare a grocery list for your budget, for a specific meal or for a special occasion. Simply talk with a chef and tell them your ideas and they will help you prepare a unique grocery list perfect for you!

Make a meal on the spot

Have you ever been so hungry that you keep looking in your fridge and pantry over and over again hoping that some new food will appear? We can help with that! Call up a chef and show them the food you have in your kitchen. They will help you create a delicious dish out of the food you already have so you don’t have to eat out, go to the store, or eat more plain ramen noodles.

Call in with a recipe

Find a recipe that inspires, motivates, challenges or interests you. No matter the case, call up a chef with a recipe and get step by step guidance and support. You can call in with a specific question if you don’t understand what to do, or if you want to adjust the recipe for your preferences, dietary restriction or the serving sizes. Whatever the need, our chefs can help you better understand a recipe or even help make it your own.

Call in with an idea

Say you’ve always wanted to make a certain dish but you’ve never been brave enough to tackle it. Or you have an idea on what to make but you’re not sure if it would work or how to do it. Simply call in and ask a professional chef what to do, how to do it or if it’s a good idea. They’ll guide you to your perfect answer.

Have a cooking party with your friends and family

Instead of just having a dinner party where you cook everything or everyone bringing their own dish to a party, why don’t you try cooking with your friends and family instead. One of our favorites so far is the Sushi Rolling Party. Invite all of your friends over, put on some aprons, connect with a chef on our app and get real time guidance from a Sushi expert! Everyone can start rolling up some sushi together. You’d be surprised how much fun you can have. Pro tip: sake always helps!

Get help with your medical diets or culinary lifestyle choices

Say you or your loved one has a medical condition that restricts your diet, want to lose or gain weight, or subscribe to a vegan, vegetarian, etc. lifestyle. Who wouldn’t want a little help with their meal? It’s difficult to pour through pages of recipes, to purchase certain products, to prepare the meals or to keep your diet varied enough. Well, there’s an app for that! The chefs on Chefter have a plethora of culinary knowledge to assist you with specific food needs.

Get help with wine and cocktail pairing

Did you prepare a great steak, fish, chicken, etc. dinner but you’re not sure which wines or cocktails would compliment your meal best? Connect with a chef on Chefter and they will be able to guide you to the perfect accompaniment for your meal or special occasion.