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One of the hallmarks of the sustainability movement is a recognition that many of the ways we have conventionally consumed food over the last fifty-odd years haven’t been the most sustainable. We turn to organics to be kinder to our bodies and our earth; we turn to natural, unprocessed foods to eat more healthfully and more naturally.
But consuming foods out-of-season can be a detriment to the environment – and in turn, to ourselves – as well. According to the International Institute for Environment and Development and Oxfam, food in the U.S. in 2004 traveled an average of 5,120 miles from farm to fork. That represents a seriously carbon-intensive way of sourcing our food supply.
Buying tomatoes or strawberries or almost any fresh produce in the winter (at least for those of us on the East Coast, or in the Northern Hemisphere) almost invariably means that food has traveled a long distance, from warmer climates. So what can you do about that?
GREEN DEPOT SOLUTIONS
Canning! Canning is one of the most surefire ways to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden, CSA, or the farmer’s market for the winter. Stocking up and canning now can ensure a steady supply of healthy foods throughout the winter, sourced locally.
Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff is a new, updated guide to canning fruits, vegetables, chutneys and more, containing over 150 recipes. With recipes for canning like “Classic Peach Jam,” “Salsa Verde,” and “Zucchini Pickles” – and recipes for foods to be enjoyed with canned foods “Applesauce Cake,” “Rustic Almond Cake,” and “Joe’s Basic French Bread,” this handy guide is all you need for year-round inspiration.
Green Depot carries Weck Canning Jars with Glass Lids. These jars are available in a variety of shapes and sixes, and have unique glass lids with rubber gaskets, meaning no BPAs. They stack easily, and have wide mouths making them easy to fill and clean.
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