• Upcycled Food Waste
  • 10 Ideas to Rescue Citrus Peels

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    The average American eats 12.5 pounds of citrus each year. I searched for the average peel to fruit ratio but found nothing credible. I did have this juicy and delicious mineola on hand, however. Holy cow! The peel accounted for fifty-three grams—23 percent—of this orange. Let’s assume the average peel weighs even less. Even a […]

  • Fermentation
  • How Does Fermentation Prevent Food Waste?

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    Today I taught a fermentation workshop at CVSan in Castro Valley as part of the organization’s Commitment to Serve Week. The theme of the week is zero-waste. It was so much fun! (Thank you Jordan, Naomi and all the staff at CVSan.) But what does fermentation have to do with food waste? Well, I’ve decided […]

  • Zero-Waste Basics
  • How to Rescue Vegetables Past Their Prime and Avoid Food Waste

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    For the holidays, my younger daughter and I drove to my brother Paul’s in North Bend, Washington. At the end of our visit, before we left, I went through Paul’s refrigerator and pulled out some of the produce I had bought up there since he said he wouldn’t eat it (Paul doesn’t cook much). After […]

  • Zero-Waste Basics
  • How to Freeze Food Without Using Plastic

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    When I post pictures of my jar-filled freezer on social media, I get lots of questions about it, usually along the following lines: Is it safe to freeze food in glass? (Yes) Do you use special glass for the freezer? (No) Don’t your glass containers break? (Only that one time…) I have had little trouble […]

  • Fermentation
  • A Hot New Diet and One Food Resolution for 2016

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    People often ask me which diet I follow. Vegetarian? Paleo? Raw? Gluten-free? Pescetarian? Omnivore? Vegan? I don’t actually adhere to any specific diet. I simply eat food. I do stick to some strict rules when choosing the food I eat, however. I buy: Local Seasonal Organic Pastured (eggs, dairy and the small amount of meat we […]