Food and Drink

Growing Carrots: A Tip from Grandpa

Growing Carrots: A Tip from Grandpa

Carrots are not guaranteed a spot in my garden, but when space allows, I utilize a little of my Grandpa’s wisdom. One thing that’s crucial when starting carrots is that they have constant moisture as they sprout. Seed your row…

No Measure Homemade Vanilla Yogurt

No Measure Homemade Vanilla Yogurt

I’ve been making my own yogurt for several years now* and I’m here to tell you: it’s easy. Homemade yogurt is tasty, MUCH cheaper than store bought, and it doesn’t come with any packaging. I make vanilla yogurt and top…

Plastic-Free Freezer Storage

Plastic-Free Freezer Storage

We’ve been talking a bit over on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page about how to store food in the freezer without using plastic containers. It’s a big stumbling block for people like me who want to preserve garden bounty (I…

Doing the Right Thing <em>OR</em> Chicken Butchering 101

Doing the Right Thing OR Chicken Butchering 101

Although I’m not including any graphic images here, if you’re one of my vegetarian readers, you will probably want to come back later in the week for a gentler post. ### Dinner last night was chicken. Chicken that I’ve been…

How do you Bag It?

 I watched Bag It over the weekend. The movie begins as a “regular guy,” Jeb Berrier, wonders about the plastic bag he uses to carry a yogurt home in. As he researches and learns more about the environmental impact of…

Guest Post: Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

When I posted about switching from boxed and canned goods to homemade alternatives, Heather Anderson, who blogs at A Mother’s Calling, commented: …The one thing I had a hard time replacing in casseroles and soups was cream of mushroom soup….

Switching from Boxed and Canned to Homemade

Switching from Boxed and Canned to Homemade

Basing my assumptions on a trip through the grocery store, it looks like much of America begins the process of “cooking” with something that comes in a box or a can. Mother Nature does not produce food that comes contained…

Chicken Tractor in a Pinch

So, I’ve got chickens. I’ve raised egg laying chickens for more than a dozen years but I’m finding it to be a bit of a challenge here in suburbia. Mostly because the chickens are refusing to follow directions. See, we…

Egg Carton Conundrum

Egg Carton Conundrum

If you don’t raise chickens for eggs, you can make a more sustainable choice at the grocery store. For goodness sake, stop buying eggs in Styrofoam! You may pay slightly more for eggs in fiber cartons but those cartons can…