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Tips on freezing the harvest

Mother Earth News / Carole Coates / 04 September 2018

It’s that time of year—the garden is bulging with fresh produce and you’re spending lots of time in a steaming kitchen preserving it all. I find freezing preferable to canning for a number of reasons.

For one, when it’s time to prepare a meal with my preserved garden goodness, frozen foods tend to be brighter, fresher, and all-around tastier.

And relatively speaking, it’s fast and easy.

Over the years, I’ve come up with a few tips to make freezing even easier. Use these freezing hacks to help the environment, too.

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How to dry herbs

Mother Earth News / Tabitha Alterman / February/March 2013

Of all the various types of foods and ways to preserve them — freezing or canning fruits and vegetables, pickling, curing meat, making cheese and yogurt — dehydrating herbs is the easiest place to jump in. Most herbs contain so little moisture that your job is done soon after you’ve bought or harvested them.

Drying herbs is an economically savvy food preservation strategy, too, because fresh and dried herbs and teas demand high prices at the grocery store.

Your own dried herbs will taste better than store-bought because they’ll be newer and thus more pungent. If you grow your own herbs, you can also choose the tastiest varieties.

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7 fast growing shade trees to slash your electric bill

Treehugger / Derek Markham / 02 April 2014

The free solar energy that hits the Earth each day can keep us warm, light our homes, grow our food, and generate clean renewable electricity, so we often invite it into our lives, but when the weather heats up in the summer, the sun can actually cause us to use more energy, because we then need to run air conditioners to cool us back down.

Keeping the sun off of our homes and windows during the summer can end up saving us both money and energy, because we can avoid some of the heating effects and keep our homes cooler to begin with, so less energy is required to keep them comfortable. And one of the best ways to do that is by planting shade trees in the right location around our home, where they can block the sun from streaming in our windows and heating our walls and roofs during certain times of the day.

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Workshop on Food Foraging

Transition Brockville, Brockville Public Library / 19 June 2018

Did you know you can sauté young day lily shoots in butter for a delicate addition to a meal in spring? Or that the berries of the sumac make a lovely lemonade in the heat of summer?

Parts of many plants in our flower gardens and in the wild are edible. Transition Brockville’s next presentation is a workshop on food foraging, Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m. in the Brockville Public Library.

We’ll talk about the almost-lost art of finding food in unexpected places, as well as things to keep in mind when foraging. We’ll have actual plants people can eat, photos of other plants, links to sites for more information – even a recipe or two.

If you have experience in foraging for certain foods, your stories will be a welcome addition to the workshop. Try to bring a photo, or the actual plant, and tell what it is, where it can be found, when its edible part is ready, and how it can be used.

We’ll take notes and then post the information from the workshop on the Transition Brockville website.

All with an interest in food foraging are welcome at this free public presentation. Refreshments will be served; donations are appreciated.

Wild Edibles – Season 1 – Episode 1

The Outsider / 14 February 2014

This season covers almost 20 Common Wild Edibles: How to identify them, Where to find them, and How to eat them! Yum!

12 ways to stop wasting money and take control of your stuff

TIME / Kit Yarrow / 20 November 2014

In my work as a consumer psychologist and author, I’ve read countless studies about consumer behavior, and I’ve conducted plenty of research on my own, interviewing hundreds of shoppers about how, when, and why they shop.

Here’s what I’ve learned about how to avoid piling up too much stuff and how to stop making unnecessary, excessive, and ultimately unsatisfying purchases.

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