Potato pirnts are fabulous and super fun, but their big blocky, starchy selves mean either a huge block of color, or your own, carved design.
But, give mother a nature a chance to pick the pattern this time with making prints with celery. A little wispy, a little floral and a whole buncha cool. Pair with some scrap paper for an excellent homemade gift wrap option.
It’s always marvelous to see what can be created with a bit o’ produce and a knife. This autumn, besides all the brilliant jack-o-lanterns (which are created, after all, with produce and a knife), the watermelon brain joins the flanks nicely. Click here for a full how-to from Scoochmaroo.
Improving your home’s efficiency and lessening your dependence of fossil fuels is only part of the necessary change. You also have to eat like you give a damn. Check out Dr. Bill Chameides’ first video for The Green Grok on sustainable food shopping.
So you’ve switched from paper or plastic and gone to reusable grocery bags. If you haven’t yet done so, it’s now time to ditch non-recyclable plastic produce bags for something a bit more earth-friendly too. A great alternative to them are the fabulous BYO Bags. They’re made of a lightweight nylon mesh that’s not only breathable, but durable, washable, quick drying and, of course, reusable. I found my set of 3–one small, one medium and one large bag–at my local coop for 9 bucks, but you can order them from Cool Hats for just a buck more for shipping. Continue Reading
Everyone loves that one freakishly large pumpkin at their local pick-your-own patch or fall festival. But how would it measure up to 100 others at the Pennsylvania Great Pumpkin Growers Association annual weigh-off?
Super-cool gardening magazine Mother Earth Living maintains, “With a few seed packets and a little planning, you can enjoy fresh salads, cooking greens and other garden treats year-round.” They offer a series of tips for planting and growing hearty greens, lettuces, and root vegetables.
Plant in mid-August to mid-September. (Right now!)
My favorite foodie blog Chow provides a how-to to the mysterious, meticulous, and precarious process of canning produce. The article outlines the two safe, USDA-approved approaches, and even includes a video by canning authority June Taylor.
The Clean Cuisine is advertized as a means to purify fruits and vegetables using an ozone process also known as Activated Oxygen. It is purported to kill “bacteria and mold, and safely [break] down pesticides to provide you with food that is as safe as possible.” At 180 bucks, it isn’t cheap, but considering there are over 33 million cases of food-borne illnesses a year in the US alone, it might be worth the cost. If it works, that is. Continue Reading