Mother Earth News / Andrew and Michelle Shall / 04 December 2016
Because I don’t think they sold little pre-measured pouches in those 1800s country stores, I’m confident there was no pellet-yeast hanging out the European bakeries of the Middle Ages, and I’d certainly wager that the Hebrew people, experiencing the first Passover in Egypt so long ago, weren’t just omitting Red Star from their recipes when they were making unleavened bread.
So, a little research taught me that the yeast you can buy in the store (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is a different strain than the “wild” yeast which is used for sourdough (one of them being Saccharomyces exiguus). This wild stuff is everywhere, and as easy to find as breathing, literally. It’s in the air in your home!
For thousands of years, even before microscopes and scientific explanations of fermentation were written, people knew that if you left flour and water dough out for a length of time, something was going on in that dough — and that something could be made into delicious bread.
Mother Earth News / Susan Gregersen / 21 July 2015
When I set out to dehydrate potatoes, I think of potential meals I might use them for. If I plan to make a lot of scalloped potatoes, I slice them. For stews, soups or casseroles, I cut them into cubes which can later be rehydrated and mixed with vegetables, meat and spices. Hash browns are popular for breakfast around here, so sometimes I shred potatoes for dehydration. (I once even learned how to make my own instant mashed potato granules by accident when I over-cooked them before dehydrating.)
“Nature knows Best,” says Cate Shanahan, M.D. “Just eat the way people used to eat….” For their book Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, she and her partner Luke researched early American cookbooks and worldwide cultures with intact cuisines. They came up with four ways people who live off the land eat, no matter where they live.
Based on your April 2016 Conversation about Food Matters community input we will be focusing on the following broad directions:
Support to our members and partners in their work to increase the population’s food literacy including food skills – both in the schools and in the community. This can include supporting existing initiatives, sharing information, and learning about the various models of community food hubs.
Advocating for and working towards a strong community garden network – defining community as it may be appropriate – municipal land, private land, at schools, community areas, communal living spaces, etc.
Doing what we can to advocate for and support our members and partners who work towards decreasing food insecurity through decreasing poverty.
To more clearly define our work for the next 12 months we need to know who is interested in being actively involved so we can be sure to take on only what we can realistically handle. If you, or a representative from your agency or group, or someone else you know would like be actively involved with the Food Matters Coalition Steering Committee, please let us know by January 13, 2017.
The Basic Shelf Cookbook is significant in that all the recipes are prepared from one list of low cost, nutritious ingredients. Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life; few require refrigeration. All the recipes are low in fat, flavourful and make delicious use of beans, peas and lentils. They are quick and easy to make, requiring a minimum of cooking experience and equipment. They are designed to be economical without sacrificing nutritional value and taste.
Independent Science News / Jonathan Latham / 20 September 2016
Not long ago, the New York Times asserted that the centre aisles of US supermarkets are being called “the morgue” because sales of junk food are crashing; meanwhile, an international consultant told Bloomberg magazine that “there’s complete paranoia“, at major food companies where the food movement is being taken very seriously.
The context of that paranoia is that food movements are rapidly growing social and political phenomena almost all over the world. In the US alone, there have been surges of interest in heirloom seeds, in craft beers, in traditional bread and baking, in the demand for city garden plots, in organic food, and in opposition to GMOs. Simultaneously, there has been a massive growth of interest in food on social media and the initiation or renewal of institutions such as SlowFood USA and the Grange movement, to name just a few.
Transition initiatives share many of the same goals as other groups, and works collaboratively with a variety of organizations in their local areas. Transition differs in that it focuses specifically on preparing communities for the changes associated with unprecedented resource depletion and transitioning away from fossil-fuel dependency.