Living in Southern California, I’ve come to accept the fact that it will often still get up in the 80s in October. (That doesn’t mean I approve.) Given my east coast sensibilities and predilection for fall weather, the first day I see that it will dip into the 60s I’m ready to light a fire and make a hearty soup.
Need a delicious Italian Salad Dressing recipe? Look no further! Only half of the ingredients in this easy recipe are absolutely necessary. The other half are optional–which makes this dressing incredibly flexible.
Our supermarkets, with their sterile, plastic-wrapped packages of pre-butchered meat, do an effective job of shielding us from the reality of where our food comes from. That means that the meat you’re eating may not be as unprocessed as you think it is (vegetarians, that goes for you too!). Hopefully, this post will help you walk into the grocery store with eyes wide open so you can better decide what’s right for you.
Today I want to mention a handful of other ingredients, usually used in small quantities, but collectively, they’re in a whole awful lot of the foods most people eat. Many of these are used in extremely small amounts in any given product, but over time I believe those small quantities can really add up.
In theory, at least, chocolate is one of those unprocessed foods that easily passes the test. If you knew what you were doing, you could grow cacao, harvest and ferment the beans, dry them, roast them, crack them into nibs, grind them into liquor, conch the liquor (mixing it for several hours), temper it, and then add some sugar and form it into a fabulous home-made chocolate bar. You know, in all your spare time.
Is your sugar unprocessed? There are a lot of different types of sugars out there, so here’s some more information to help you figure out where you want to draw some lines for yourself.
Tomorrow’s the first big day of October Unprocessed! Here’s what you need to know.
In today’s October Unprocessed FAQ, I’m going to try to clear up some confusion surrounding one of our most common ingredients: Flours and grains.