Food
Sustainable Fishing is Catching Up

Sustainable Fishing is Catching Up

Sustainable fishing is the only method of harvesting protein rich aquatic creatures. Other fishing methods put our oceans and health at risk. There are two main factors that affect our ability to sustain oceanic fish populations: a) the health of the population, thus the rate at which they can renew themselves and b) the method...
How to Grow Garlic from a Clove

How to Grow Garlic from a Clove

Garlic has long been used for its medicinal qualities as well as for its pungent taste and distinct flavor. Long known as a “poor man’s medicine” this hearty plant was available for the masses during the Roman empire and was the used to help improve the immune system and ward off disease. Today, potent garlic...
How to Grow Catnip

How to Grow Catnip

Catnip affects both humans and cats, although quite differently. As you probably know, your little feline pet probably goes a little crazy when exposed to catnip, and is specifically reacting to the oils found within the plant. This same oil also has medicinal properties that can help humans with a variety of ailments. Generally catnip...
What are Free-Range Eggs?

What are Free-Range Eggs?

More than just a trendy term at the supermarket, “free-range” embodies an ethical idea of raising animals in a humane, natural way where the animal is free to roam in open spaces during its life. “Cage-free” is an interchangeable term with “free-range.” Eggs are a common food item that is popularly trending into “free-range” territory....
Drying Herbs at Home

Drying Herbs at Home

Herbs can be used for a variety of purposes: as culinary flavoring, adding spice and depth to meals, or as medicine to treat or prevent common ailments. Having a home medicine chest of medicinal plants is extremely useful and growing ones own herbs and preserving them for later use past their normal expiration time are...
Growing Herbs Indoors: Beginners' Guide

Growing Herbs Indoors: Beginners’ Guide

If you use herbs, either medicinally, or as food, or both, but either don’t have the available space  or climate to do so outdoors, growing herbs indoors may be right for you. Indoor gardening allows you to tightly control your growing environment to a degree where you could coax even fussy plants to grow by...
Canning Pickles is Easy

Canning Pickles is Easy

Pickling is a wide-ranging and widely-practiced form of food preservation. When we pickle whole foods, such as produce like cucumbers, or other garden vegetables, or fish, or meats (like pork), we take the bounty of summer months and save it, extending the availability of those perishable goods into the seasons when such food is unavailable...
Canning Tomatoes: A How To Guide

Canning Tomatoes: A How To Guide

Tomatoes are the classic summer crop. As flavorful as they are bountiful in the summer months, there is no substitute for a fresh, homegrown heirloom tomato variety paired with fresh basil and olive oil. Especially when you contrast it to the tomatoes that are available during winter; hybridized varieties that were produced for durability during...
How to Can Food: Beginners' Style

How to Can Food: Beginners’ Style

Canning food is a reliable form of food preservation. By taking the bounty of the fat times, the summer months and converting them into jellies, pickles, sauces, stocks and other products, you can store up a reserve of food for the lean times, winter months when few, if any, crops will grow. It’s a labor-intensive...
Easy Yogurt Recipe: The Magic of Fermentation!

Easy Yogurt Recipe: The Magic of Fermentation!

To make yogurt, you’ll need milk. Whatever the amount of milk you use will be the amount of yogurt it yields. For this recipe, we’ll use a half gallon. You’ll also need some store-bought yogurt with active cultures. You’ll also need two pots which can nest within one another, to create a double-boiler and a...
What is Fermentation?

What is Fermentation?

Think of some of your favorite foods. Yogurt, bread, sauerkraut, pickles. Drinks? Beer, cider, kombucha. What do they have in common? They’re fermented. Fermentation not only makes food nutritious and tasty, it’s also an ancient form of food preservation, born from time-honored rituals that were practiced long before anyone could grasp microbiology. There is evidence...
Food Preservation: How Preserving Food Effects Our Lives

Food Preservation: How Preserving Food Effects Our Lives

There’s a basic fact about the food we eat: it’s perishable. Any time you’ve pulled some forgotten takeout from the back of your fridge, or observed the terrarium of mold that was once a fresh loaf of bread knows this. Our food is derived from organic life, plant or animal and that matter is subject...