June 26, 2009

10 to Buy Organic

I am not entirely convinced on the whole organic movement (mainly because of cost) but I found this list and thought it was cool. I found the list HERE

To Buy Organic (the numbers to the side show the percentage of washed fruit that still contains pesticides):

  1. Nectarines – 97.3%
  2. Celery – 94.5%
  3. Pears – 94.4%
  4. Peaches – 93.7%
  5. Apples – 91%
  6. Cherries – 91%
  7. Strawberries – 90%
  8. Imported Grapes – 86%
  9. Spinach – 83.4%
  10. Potatoes – 79.3%

Probably Okay to Buy Conventional:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Bananas
  4. Broccoli
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Kiwi
  7. Mangoes
  8. Onions
  9. Papaya
  10. Sweet Peas

Notice that most of the ones that are not so scary to eat conventional are those with tough skins. So, that's probably a good rule of thumb, if it's protected by inedible skin, save the money and buy conventional. Then spend your savings on good organic raspberries!


We are big fans of oatmeal around here, but in the summer a steaming bowl of oatmeal just doesn't sound right. So we eat granola.

Here is the Recipe:
Mix the following in a large bowl:
3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats - not the 1 minute kind
1/2 cup coconut
3 T Flax seeds
3 T Sesame seeds
1/4 c Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1/2 c nuts - your choice I used sliced almonds
2 t Cinnamon
In a smaller microwaveable bowl mix:
1 t salt
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
4 T Honey, Maple Syrup and / or Molasses in any combiniation
**trick #1** Melt / caramelize the sweeteners in the microwave for 1 minute so they will coat the granola evenly.
Then add:
2 t vanilla
1/4 c oil
Stir together and add to the dry ingredients.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spread out the granola on the sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes stirring twice. The second time you stir lightly press down the granola so it sticks together. Remove from oven when it is the right color of golden brown. **trick #2** this is very important: Do not stir after you take it out of the oven. Let it sit in the pan until it is completely cool. This will allow the caramelized sugar to make the granola stick together like it should. Then break it apart and add:
2 cups of dried fruit. I usually use raisins, but I am loving dried blueberries too.
Store in jars or Ziploc bags. I double or triple this recipe to make enough to last for a month.
We eat this with milk for breakfast, or with yogurt and fruit for lunch, and on top of ice cream with some strawberry jam for dessert. Not all three everyday of course. And if you are not used to eating flax seeds go easy until your body adjusts.

June 1, 2009

Dehydrating 101 In videos.

I came across these videos on you Tube a few months ago. She has recently added several more. They are the best videos and demonstrations I have found on dehydrating food. There are 10 vidoes on the series. She also has videos on making your own herbal teas that I thought were great as well. If you have thought about dehydrating, I would strongly recommend watching this series.
Video 1
After you watch the first video a link will come up for the second and on it will go until you finish.
I don't remember how I first found her videos. I am sure it was probably off of someone elses blog. I'm sorry I can't give credit.