How long does it take to can a year’s worth of jam?

The short answer: If you want 8 pints of strawberry jam in a year, and have two reasonably adept cooks in the kitchen, making a year’s worth of jam takes about 2.5 hours from buying the berries to a clean kitchen.  So in the time it takes to go to a theater and take inContinue reading “How long does it take to can a year’s worth of jam?”

Moving toward local eating: Summary

Part of the “Moving toward local eating” series Which of these is the most important? For me, awareness, followed closely by enough experience to know what I can and can’t do as far as a local diet goes.  Figuring out what is and is not essential.  For me…I love me some avocados, and they willContinue reading “Moving toward local eating: Summary”

Moving toward local eating: Deprivation and delight

Part of the “Moving toward local eating” series Let’s face it.  You can only combine rice, beans, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beets, kale, onions, and beef or pork so many ways.  The vegetables, especially, really get to me, because there are only so many things that store well through a Michigan winter.  I’m not about toContinue reading “Moving toward local eating: Deprivation and delight”

Moving toward local eating: Tropical blindness

Part of the “Moving toward local eating” series At some point, I got so used to buying things that are produced nearby, I forgot that things like bananas and avocados even exist.  Ok, maybe I never forgot about avocados, but there are lots of things that I quit buying because they are shipped from tooContinue reading “Moving toward local eating: Tropical blindness”

Moving toward local eating: Storage

Part of the “Moving toward local eating” series Storing food is its own adventure.  No matter what climate you live in, different foods are harvested at different times of the year, and chances are you will want to store some food for the “off” season. It takes some space, especially if you start trying to,Continue reading “Moving toward local eating: Storage”