May people purchase toaster ovens so that they might be more "green." These eco-conscious people love the energy efficiency a toaster oven offers. That is why I made the decision to share some tips with you on how to "go green" without breaking your budget. These trying economic times make it hard to eat the way we ought to eat. These tips may not be directly related to a toaster oven, but rather to the eco-friendly lifestyle many toaster oven owners are looking for. Enjoy!
There are a myriad of reasons to eat organic food. It is without doubt the best choice for your health and the health of the environment. So why doesn't everyone go organic? There is a higher cost associated with organic food. It costs more to produce food organically and that higher cost is passed on to the consumer. There are, however, some things that you can do to make the switch to organic less of a burden on your budget.
There are four main things you can do to switch to organic foods for less money: grow your own organic food, spend your budgeted food dollars wisely, make most of your food from scratch and don't waste anything. Each article in this series will address one specific change you can make in each of the four areas.
Grow What You Can
Strawberries are quite tasty, incredibly nutritious and super easy to grow. In fact, a healthy strawberry plant will spread throughout your yard like a weed. Strawberry plants make an excellent ground cover and have beautiful flowers in the spring.
You will only need to buy one or two strawberry plants from your local nursery. The plants will spread all on their own. The strawberries prefer a sunny location but they will also grow in the shade. Planting the strawberries in a bed of mulch will keep the berries off of the dirt and prevent premature rotting.
Spend Your Food Dollars Wisely
Organic meat can certainly be a budget buster. One great option is to eat less of it. Organic beans are a great substitute and cost a lot less than organic meat, usually about $1 a pound dry. That one pound of dry beans will produce about 6 cups of cooked beans that are high in fiber and antioxidants. It has been shown that consuming less meat lowers your risk of many diseases, including many types of cancer.
Eating less meat is not only good for your health, it is definitely a better choice for the environment. It takes a lot of natural resources to raise animals for meat; about 16 pounds of grain are used to produce one pound of meat. Eating excess meat puts a huge strain on our environment.
Make Your Food From Scratch
Organic whole grain mustard can be quite expensive to buy at a store or farmer's market, but it is very easy to make if you have a decent food processor. All you need is whole organic mustard seeds and the liquid of your choice. The liquid could be white or red wine, beer, water, vinegar or just about anything.
Place your organic mustard seeds in a glass jar and cover with the liquid. Put a lid on the jar and refrigerate for one week or longer. Transfer to the work bowl of your food processor fitted with the multipurpose blade. Process for 10 minutes. That's it! You now have your very own homemade organic whole grain mustard.
Don't Waste Anything
This tip involves a little bit of growing your own. When you buy organic green onions, also called scallions, they have the root still attached. This is done to keep the onion fresh longer. If you take that root and plant it, either in the ground or in a pot of dirt, the green onion will regrow. The new green onion can be chopped off, leaving the root in the dirt. The root will produce another green onion, again and again. You could buy a package of organic green onions once and have a lifetime supply.