Many toaster ovens are bought by people who wan to be more "green." These eco-friendly people love the energy efficiency of a toaster oven. Because of that, I decided to share some tips with you on how to "go green" even if you don't have a lot of money to spend. These trying economic times make it difficult to eat the way we ought to eat. These tips may not be directly related to a toaster oven, but rather to the lifestyle many toaster oven owners are pursuing. Enjoy!
There are a multitude of reasons to choose to eat organic food. It is unmistakably the best choice for your health and the health of the environment. So why doesn't every single person on Earth go organic? There is a higher cost associated with eating organic food. It costs more to produce food organically and that cost is typically passed on to the consumer. There are, however, some things that you can do to make the switch to organic strain your budget less.
There are four fundamental things you can do to get organic food for less money: grow your own, spend your food dollars wisely, make the majority of your food from scratch and don't waste any food. Each article in this series will address one specific change you can make in each of the four areas.
Grow Your Own
Rosemary is not only a superb culinary herb with endless possibilities in your cookery, it is also a gorgeous evergreen bush that can be utilized in most landscape plans. Rosemary leaves are high in antioxidants and have been credited with medicinal properties for thousands of years.
Rosemary is quite difficult to grow from seed; that is why I suggest you buy an established Rosemary plant from a local nursery. If you live in an area that freezes, cover the bush with mulch the first winter. After that, you will have a long-living evergreen with delicious leaves that requires little to no maintenance. The scent of a Rosemary plant is also quite pleasing; that is why I have several panted near my front porch. I like to be able to smell them whilst I relax on my porch.
Spend Your Food Dollars Wisely
Make the most out of your freezer. You'll find you have extra room in it if you stop buying mass-produced processed foods. Organic meat is usually a budget buster; watch for sales and stock up when the time comes. Ask the butcher to wrap your meat in serving sizes; this is normally done without any extra charge. Freeze the surplus meat as soon as you get home to maintain freshness.
Make Your Food From Scratch
Organic refried beans will usually run you about $3 for each can. Beans are a very healthy food choice, but there are a few things you ought to consider. Canned refried beans, even organic ones, are usually loaded with fat and sodium, then packed into a can lined with BPA. There is a better choice.
Buy dry Pinto beans and soak them overnight. Drain the beans, then transfer them to a large heavy bottomed pot filled with fresh water. Simmer until the beans are tender, this should take about 2 hours. Transfer the cooked beans to the work bowl of your favorite food processor fitted with a multipurpose blade. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the cooking liquid and sea salt to taste, then process until well blended. The beans can be served as is or pan-fried if desired. The beans taste great, cost less and are better for you. What more could you ask for?
Don't Waste Anything
Rosemary stems are normally simply discarded after the leaves have been used with little or no thought ever given to using them. Rosemary stems have lots of great flavor just waiting to be extracted. Here are two ways you can use them:
Toss a Rosemary stem or two in the water when cooking beans. Remove the stems before serving. The flavor and scent of the rosemary will permeate the beans giving them a delicious, earthy taste.
Make a tea by boiling the Rosemary stems for 5 minutes then straining. This isn't as strange as it might sound; Rosemary is a member of the mint family and makes a delicious tea.
I hope you will try to find ways to go organic on a budget. Thanks for reading, see you in Part 13!