Monday, October 3, 2011

Making and Preserving Food at Home

Making food at home is pretty easy and cheap, not to mention fun! Buying food in bulk saves a lot of money, and working with the raw ingredients really helps to connect you with your food once again. Here's a short article to get you started making some really simple (but delicious... my stomach is grumbling just thinking about them), versatile kitchen staples: vegetable broth, nut butters, almond milk, hummus, and pesto. YUM!

There are tons of other resources out there for making your own food. It's healthier, more economical, and more sustainable... so give it a try!

If you're interested in learning more about preserving the food you make, check out IthaCan. It's a local web-based social network where home food preservers in Tompkins County organize food preserving events and share information. They have some events coming up this week about lacto-fermentation, pickling, and apple cider pressing; more info is on their website here. If you can't make it to them, they have lots of great resources on their website, such as this PDF all about making apple cider.

Preserving food is another great way to save money and time, as well as reduce food waste. Here's an interesting NY Times article about the magic of preserving food by freezing it. (Another fun fact: freezers and refrigerators are more efficient, and thus use less energy, when they're full.)

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