Ripen First Then Refrigerate
Cool Dark Place
Storing fruit and vegetables properly is the key to keeping them fresh and maintaining the best possible flavor. Here is a guide for better tasting produce.
1/2 cup dried stevia leaves
Stevia Liquid Extract:
1/2 cup dried stevia leaves
1 cup water
Stevia Conversion Chart
Stevia, like other foods may cause allergic reactions in some people. According to the New Health Guide website people with pre-existing allergies to chrysanthemums, marigolds, ragweed or daisies are at greater risk of a stevia reaction. Symptoms may include: dizziness, hives, shortness of breath, wheezing, general weakness or having a hard time swallowing shortly after consuming stevia. Other Side-Effects: aching and sore muscles or a feeling of numbness and dizziness when standing up or moving.
Here are a few more ways to save when shopping for groceries. One of the best tips is to read the price per unit tag on the product shelf. This is the easiest way to compare product prices.
The FDA is finally updating nutrition labels on food packaging. Nutrition labels were first required in the early 1990's. They were reflective of the eating habits from data taken between the 1970's to the 1980's. Since that time period portion sizes have increased making the labels confusing.
The serving size is based on a more accurate assessment of what a typical person would consume. The calories are displayed in a larger font making them easier to read. The biggest change is that there are now separate lines for naturally occurring sugars and added sugars. Hopefully change this will propel food manufacturers to use less sugar in manufactured products.
For more information on serving size click here.
For more information on understanding dietary guidelines click here.
For more on sweeteners click here.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Michael Moss's new book is shaking up the processed food industry. It is titled Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. This very informative book shows how food manufacturers have used science to determine the exact formulation of salt, sugar and fat to hook us on food.
Food manufacturers like Kraft, General Foods and Nestle have used these scientific formulations to enhance their profit margins knowing full well that the food they produce is bad for our health.
Initially, pre-packaged foods were something eaten occasionally. They were "convenient" but lacked flavor so they weren't very popular. Eventually food manufacturers discovered the right formula to make their products both flavorful and addicting. This is why it's hard to eat a few chips, crackers or cookies. These "products" have few real food in them, this is why it is so difficult to get the exact flavor when making a homemade version. They use ingredients that are unpronounceable and we have no idea what they are.
It doesn't take much to change your taste buds to like foods with less salt, sugar and fat. If you do still feel the need to use "convenient" foods, use them in the spirit they were intended, eat them infrequently.
Click here to read an informative article in The New York Times.
Heirloom seeds are pure seed lines. There are many varieties to choose from, much more than what you can buy in the store or even at the farmer's markets. They produce the same fruit or vegetable year after year making them a real plus for people who want to save seeds and use them the following year to grow more crops.
Hybrid plants can occur naturally or intentionally by cross-breeding plants to get the desired characteristics.This is done by transferring the male (pollen) of one plant to the female organ of another. Cross breeding is limited to exchanges between the same or very closely related, characteristics of species. It can also take a long time to achieve desired results and frequently interest do not exist in any related species.
GMO's or Genetically Modified Foods take genes from very different organisms and combine them. This way omega-3 can be added to seeds like soybeans or seeds can be engineered to survive herbicide and pesticide use. Most of the fear stemming from GMO crops come from these concerns: not knowing the long term effects, fear of allergic reaction, hurting small farmers, harming the environment, and poor oversight and regulation.
Are GMO foods regulated by the government?
The regulation for genetically modified foods falls under three jurisdictions: The FDA, EPA, and USDA. This overlap creates a flawed regulation that allows companies to do their own testing on their products giving them As consumers we should demand that the FDA should be the one determining that our food is safe. We should not be relying on biotech companies like Monsanto to tell us if their food is safe. CSPI thinks that there should be a mandatory, premarket approval process by the FDA before biotech foods go on the market.
So why all the fuss about GMO food and labeling laws?
The USA does not require companies to label foods containing GMO's. Most people don't realize that Genetically Modified Foods are used in major food brands throughout the grocery store aisles. The most common GMO crops are corn, soybeans and canola oil. Examples of foods using these ingredients are: cereals, snack foods, cake and muffin mixes, soda and some baby foods. Since packaged foods already have labels and most companies are happy to change labeling when it is a perceived benefit; think low fat and heart healthy it doesn't make sense when companies say your food will cost more if GMO labels are added. According to the website, Just Label It there 64 countries around the world that use labels for GMO foods. Most European and Asian countries are included on the list along with some from Africa and South America.
What corporations are opposed to state GMO labeling laws?
Even if you are for GMO labeling your money may be helping defeat the measure. If you purchase any of the healthy and/or organic products owned by one of the companies below you are helping to defeat GMO labeling.
You should also be aware of any packaging changes from organic to natural. They do not mean the same thing.
This is a partial list of companies donating to defeat GMO labeling:
Cascadian Farms and Muir Glenn)
and of course Monsanto
For a full list of the 34 companies donating to the Grocery Manufacturers Association in opposition to GMO labeling click here.
For more information regarding GMO studies and food safety click here.
For an interesting website asking if we should grow GMO crops click here.
None of these meals contain, poultry, fish, seafood, beef, pork or anything else we consider to be meat. Some of them do contain, eggs, yogurt, cheese, honey or other animal products so they are not considered vegan. However, you can alter any of these recipes to fit a vegan diet.
Have you read the articles that 40% of food is wasted every year? The average family of four wastes between $1370-$2275 annually. Here are some tips that will help you save money and help you stop adding to the food waste problem. For more information on Food Waste click here.
It can be difficult to figure out how much to buy of an ingredient when it is sold by the pound or quantity but the recipe calls for 1/2 cup. Here is a chart to help you figure out how much of an ingredient you will need to purchase saving you from throwing out unused food.
I hope these conversion tables help those of you from around the world that follow my recipe website and tip blog.
Oven Temperature Conversions
US to Metric Measurement Conversions