Food & Drink

Reminder: Last Day to Enter to Win a PlanetBox

If you haven't entered to win the PlanetBox lunchbox I'm giving away, there's still time - but not much. Today is the last day! Full details on how to enter are on the original post. Contest closes at 6pm Thursday, May 19, 2011, Hawaii time. PS: It is a really cool lunch box […] Read More

PlanetBox Lunch Boxes -- zero waste lunch

PlanetBox Lunch Boxes

I received a PlanetBox for review purposes. If you send kids off to school every day, you know just how hard it is to pull together a zero-waste lunch. And if you're trying to skip plastic? That doubles the difficulty. Enter PlanetBox! Made of stainless steel, the hinged lunch box opens to reveal five individual compartments […] Read More

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Homemade Refried Beans to Rival Rosarita

Over the years I've tried repeatedly to make refried beans from scratch, but my family has been only lukewarm about my attempts, preferring their old standby Rosarita brand refried beans. Rosarita beans are sold in cans that have bpa in the lining. Not cool. But my kids love refried beans, so I found myself torn […] Read More

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garden, roots, tubers,

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 of carrots and water them in well. Place a 1" x 4" board over the […] Read More

Topped with homemade passion fruit jelly.

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 it with homemade jam or jelly for a variety of flavors. Ingredients: Half-gallon milk. (I've […] Read More

FREEZING

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 freeze vegetables like green beans; their acid content is too low for water bath canning) […] Read More

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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 telling everyone I butchered myself. This is not entirely accurate. While the butchering occurred right […] Read More

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 choosing a plastic bag, his questions lead to more questions. What about plastic bottles?  How […] Read More

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. But I found a great recipe that works great for me, so no more cream […] Read More