Kombucha is a social beverage in more ways than one! Every batch produces new growth on your scoby, and this can be peeled off and shared with a friend, too. If you brew and drink kombucha often, you’ll be nothing short of overrun! I recently found myself in such a predicament — completely overrun — and then I discovered the scoby hotel. [by Jenny Cazzola]
Are you taking any whole food supplements like maca, cayenne pepper, or spirulina? You can save quite a bit of money by filling capsules yourself with the less expensive bulk powder options. I did the math. We save around $10 per month on just one person’s supply of one supplement. Here’s the whole scoop! [by Wardee Harmon]
Many of you are planning out lovely gardens or have already started hitting the farmers market early on Saturday mornings, so I figure it’s the perfect to time to talk about preserving your abundance of produce. I don’t mean recipes, canning, or lacto-fermentation, though. I want to talk about the first thing you do to produce once you bring it home. Let’s talk about washing produce! [by Lindsey Dietz]
I have an obsession with glass jars and there isn’t any help line for that. I don’t know what it is about seeing all those beautifully God-made organic foods — neatly lined up in the pantry — that puts a smile on my face. Maybe memories from great-grandma’s cupboards with food stored in recycled jelly and mayo jars. Or the thought that my food is pest-free. Pests have a hard time finding their way into properly sealed glass jars. And, you don’t have to worry about BPA, PVC or other toxins! Interested in using glass for your pantry storage? Here’s how to get started. [by Katie Baldridge]
Every year I give away gifts of food to many of my neighbors and friends. I know I’m not alone in this as I also receive many food gifts from friends and family during the holidays. With the onset of gift bags and red and green plastic storage containers, I’m afraid the art of wrapping and presenting gifts is becoming a dying art. Today I want to encourage you to resurrect this art this holiday season with the gifts of food you give — through ideas for frugal and simple wrappings for bottles, jars, tins, boxes, and more. [by Christy Greer]
At first, all I saw were big, fat dollar signs. When I began my Traditional Cooking journey four years ago, I was surprised that my “fully stocked kitchen” wasn’t as fully stocked as I thought. Like changing our way of eating, it’s been a process to get the right tools. Some of them cost us a pretty penny and required advance planning and saving before we could buy them. Others were less expensive and were purchased on a regular trip to the store. Still others were gifts given by thoughtful friends and family who know that kitchen equipment is the way to my heart. You might find that the holidays are the perfect time to tell your husband/parents/in-laws/friends that you want some new toys — kitchen toys, that is. And, if you’re like me and just can’t decide what to ask for, this list might help narrow down your choices a bit. [by Lindsey Dietz]
What would you do if you wanted to serve dinner to your family at around 6 p.m., but you also wanted to avoid using household energy (electricity or natural gas) for cooking during the three hours immediately prior to your evening meal? To cut energy costs, we’ve had to come up with some creative solutions for make adjustments to meal-preparation routines.
Trust me. Feeding a Boy Scout for a day at home is a big enough challenge, especially if said Scout has the appetite of the typical American teenager. At our house, we’ve officially entered the phase of adolescence where we routinely hear, “What’s for dinner?” — during breakfast. Add in the extra challenges of preparing traditional foods and working around food allergies, and the task of providing a balanced and nourishing diet for a week-long adventure away from home becomes even more daunting. Fortunately, I am usually ready to rise to the occasion.