Use Your Spatula

Don’t count on a butter knife or spoon to get the last little bits of food (think: peanut butter and applesauce) out of the container. When you think you’ve gleaned the last of the tasty goodness from the jar, grab…

Less Waste, Cheaper Salads when you Make Your Own Salad Dressing

My local grocery store has about twelve linear feet, shelf upon shelf, dedicated to nothing but salad dressings.  If you’ve stepped foot inside a supermarket recently, you’ve probably walked past a similar display without giving it a thought. Thousand Island,…

On Sustainability

On Sustainability

I mentioned to my 18-year-old the other day that I’d written about homemade oatmeal in a jar here on Attainable Sustainable. “That’s not very sustainable,” he said. “We can’t grow oats here.” He’s right. My oat habit is not entirely…

Boosting Your Soil’s Nutrients Naturally

Good soil is the key to successful growing, but whenever I read or ask someone about how to make good soil, though, my eyes glaze over with all of the details. Some people love the details (N.P.K.! Ph! Acidity!) but…

Turning Funky Milk into Homemade Ricotta Cheese

I’ve been fortunate to find a source for local, raw milk recently and my family picks up a gallon a week. Normally we go through it with no problem, but occasionally it starts to sour before we can use it….

Choose Unbleached Flour

  The difference between bleached and unbleached flour in the final product (and cost) is negligible, but by purchasing the unbleached version you will eliminate chemicals and toxins from your food and our environment. Using chlorine, bromates, and peroxides in…

Setting Goals for our Food Consumption

Setting Goals for our Food Consumption

Since our move to this house almost a year ago, I’m still working to get a garden growing. Without the garden, I don’t have my usual stash of preserved foods so it’s quite a bit more difficult for me to…

Skip the Bubble Mailers

Instead of mailing or shipping items in bubble mailers or those indestructible Tyvek envelopes from the post office, switch to a more environmentally friendly option. Envelopes that use recycled newsprint as padding are a much better option for the earth…

Homemade Pizza is the Ultimate Fast Food – <em>Really!</em>

Homemade Pizza is the Ultimate Fast Food – Really!

I have two teenage boys. In their perfect world, they would eat pizza every single day. Happily, I have perfected a method of making homemade pizza – with homemade dough – that eliminates the takeout boxes (and the takeout expense)…

Are you Prepared for an Emergency?

Are you Prepared for an Emergency?

With the devastating images coming out of Japan following the deadly earthquake and tsunami, it’s a fair question. Would you be ready in case of such a disaster? Like many people living on the Ring of Fire, we found ourselves…