Sunday, March 01, 2009

Another Chapter In Our Locavore Living Story

I bought a "Seal-a-Meal" gadget.

Several times this winter I've thought about fresh corn, peas and asparagus. But they weren't in season, at least not within 100 miles of my kitchen. I vowed to freeze and dehydrate more of this stuff and other things during the upcoming growing season. I already have a dehydrator; it's great.

Plus another of my favorite bloggers, www.urbanhennery.com is always writing about meals she prepares that include some of my favorite vegetables that she froze last summer. That was another impetus to expand our locavore living.


I found the National Center for Home Food Preservation thanks to one of my other favorite food blogs: www.simplespoonful.com It doesn't sound that hard to freeze fruits and vegetables...except for the potential for freezer burn. That's when I thought of seal-a-meal.

We started down the road to "locavorism" after we read Michael Pollan's book "Omnivore's Dilemma." We had no idea, however, where it would lead us. I guess that's the way it is sometimes when you try something new. If I had thought the whole thing through I might not have done it. But expanding our "locavore thinking" over time makes it seem pretty easy. Plus the food is delicious and we've gotten to know some wonderful people.

My plan is to look at what's at the farmers' markets and in my CSA box (go to www.localharvest.org to find a CSA provider near you); then figure out what I'll freeze or dehydrate that week. It will be a bit of extra work but having locally grown asparagus and other things in December and January will be worth the work.

All of this could further reduce the time I spend in chain supermarkets. That's a worthwhile goal too. They have enough customers; I won't be missed.
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3 comments:

Mrs4444 said...

I'm chewing on dehydrated apples, made by Mr.4444 this weekend, as we speak!

Gudrun from Kitchen Gadget Girl said...

I love putting up jams and tomatoes in the summer and enjoying them in the winter. Makes me so happy! I have heard about the Food Saver preservation systems - they sound great. I would be slightly worried about loosing things in my freezer. Or, even better, needing a whole new freezer just to store my stuff!

Kara said...

My husband read that book. Have you read "Animal Vegetable Miracle"? I am reading that now. Thanks for visiting my blog, I will put a full post about maple syrup soon. Need a few more photos. :)