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Saturday, November 03, 2007

What am I doing?


Well we don't celebrate Halloween, so bobbing for apples is out. haha



Oh wait, there is tomatoes, a cucumber and even some romaine! I am soaking my fruits and veggies in a 15 minute home made veggie wash, courtesy of Jester.


Now we all know organic is supposed to be best. But it isn't always cheap or available. I think the bell peppers are $5.00 a lb at the health store! That is alot. I should make a trip over to the farmers market next Thursday. Last time I was disappointed though. We bought a 25 lb bag of oranges and most of them were dried up! That was a few months ago and we haven't gone since.

Anyhow this doesn't get rid of the pesticides that have gotten inside the fruit, but it does clean them. Think of all the yucky stuff that happens to them en route to your store. Or even while at the store. I try to buy organic at my regular grocery store, but their organic section is very limited and the produce doesn't move fast enough so invariably it is already turning bad.

Jester gave me her permission to post this here. Hope this is THE recipe cause this is how I remember it. haha

1 gallon of water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix it all together. Let fruits/veggies soak for 15 minutes. Scrub them with a veggie brush and I place mine on a paper towel in huge bowls til they dry. Water tends to stay some in the bottom of bowl so make sure produce is dry and transfer it to another dry container.

Do you eat organic only? Or just when you are able?

EDIT. I just wanted to add that Jester has a friend who is a biochemist and said this recipe is a good one. :)

2 comments:

ZSUZSANNA said...

I'll have to try that veggie wash. I try to get as much organic produce as I can, some months that's only about 10%, some months more like 90%, depending on how many birthdays and other expenses there are. The health food store in town is very good on the prices for organic produce, sometimes it's hardly any more per lb than conventional, and sometimes it's the same exact price. As far as other groceries go, I buy mostly conventional, unless the organic is on sale. I buy organic flour in bulk, as well as mostly organic cereals. I never buy organic meat or dairy because it's just so expensive.

Jasmine's Journey said...

There is a health food store down the hill that is very comparably priced to regular. But it is one hour each way! We were out that way once to see family so stopped.

You know what I want? Grassfed, organic beef! lol I seen a place online but it is pretty pricey. Even organic chicken is expensive. When we buy a house and can have a much bigger yard I want to have a chicken coop.

I forget why Joe said it wasn't practical to have here. We are renting a house.

For milk I get Knudsen because it is supposed to be free of antibiotics and the artificial hormone, rbst.

We buy raw cheese from the health store, Altadena brand. It is $5.22 a lb. We don't buy it all the time, but when we are able.

I am still unsure of buying raw milk though. With the raw cheese I feel safer cause at least it is aged.

We do get Brown Cow yogurt, they pasteurize, but no homogenization. It has a delightful cream top!

They also sell Strauss milk up here, they pasteurize but don't homogenize. I haven't tried them yet as it is like $8.00 a gallon!

For cheese we get Tillamook when we don't buy the raw. It has no rbst. I get it for like $3.00 a lb at Smart N Final.

I have also read that some of those herds are partly grass fed. So for me Tillamook is an inexpensive safer alternative than the other cheese on the market.

I usually always buy organic brown rice. We even tried making our own vegetable garden last spring. Unfortunately the bed sloped and the tomatoes and bell peppers survived but nothing else. We had quite a few good ones but then it got hot and they died. :(

We will try to do better next year.