Frequently Asked Questions

Julia Childs Kitchen

Unprocessed FAQ: The Kitchen Test

With October Unprocessed just around the corner, we need to spend a little time thinking about how to define “unprocessed.” I use The Kitchen Test, and it works well for me. Many people find it works well for them, too. But it may not fit with your definition, and that’s totally okay. In fact, I encourage disagreement and discussion, since that’s the best way for us to learn together. Continue Reading Unprocessed FAQ: The Kitchen Test

Unprocessed Questions: Soda and Beverages

Unprocessed FAQ: Beverages

When people first hear of the October Unprocessed challenge, their first response is likely to be “But what about beer?! Wine?! Coffee?!” So I first tell them not to panic. Then I explain how I apply the Kitchen Test to these and a few other beverages. Some are fairly straightforward, but others have a bit of a gray area, and once again I’ll encourage you to make your own decision about where, exactly, you want to draw the line. Continue Reading Unprocessed FAQ: Beverages

Unprocessed FAQ: Chocolate

Unprocessed FAQ: Chocolate

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. Continue Reading Unprocessed FAQ: Chocolate

Oscar Mayer Beef Bologna

Unprocessed FAQ: Meat & Eggs

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. Continue Reading Unprocessed FAQ: Meat & Eggs

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