I know many people purchase toaster ovens because they want to be more "green." They love the energy efficiency a toaster oven can provide. With that in mind, I will be sharing some tips with you on how to "go green" without spending a ton of money. These tips may not be directly related to a toaster oven, but rather to the lifestyle many toaster oven owners are looking for. Enjoy!
There are many, many great and varied reasons to eat organic food. It is definitely the best choice for your individual health and the collective health of the farmers producing the food as well as the health of the environment. So why doesn't everyone go organic or at least move in that direction? There is a higher cost that goes along with organic food. It is more expensive to produce food naturally and that cost is inevitably passed on to the consumer. There are a few things that you can do to make the switch to organic foods less costly.
There are four basic things you can do to go organic withour breaking your budget:1- grow what you can, 2- spend your food dollars wisely, 3- make most of your food from scratch and 4- 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
Edible landscaping is a fabulous way to organify your life. Clearly, the type of edible plants that are well-suited to your landscaping will depend on the specific area in which you live. Check with your local nursery to see which edible plants are best for your particular climate.
Lavender is one type of plant that comes in many differentvarieties; you are likely to find one well suited to your climate. A lavender plant is a perennial shrub with edible flowers that are commonly used as a culinary herb. They are also very beautiful plants.
Spend Your Food Dollars Wisely
Stop buying highly processed cereals and opt instead for oatmeal. Uncooked organic steel-cut oats normally cost about $1 per pound. That is about 25 cents for 3/4 of a cup, to which you add 3 cups of liquid to get 3.75 cups of cooked oatmeal. That's a whole lot of breakfast for 25 cents!
Simply place the organic steel-cut oats and the liquid of your choice into a crock pot and heat on low for 8 hours. That's right, the oatmeal can cook while you are sleeping! The liquid you choose can be almost anything; fresh, clean water is obviously the most frugal choice. Other popular options include milk, coconut milk or almond milk. I often cook my organic steel-cut oatmeal in green tea; it infuses it with antioxidants and gives me the caffeine I like to start my day with.
Make Most Of Your Food From Scratch
This includes your beverages. Fancy pre-bagged green tea blends are not cheap to procure, especially if they are organic. Opt instead for an organic loose green tea and steep it with your favorite herbs or spices to create your own blend. If you grow lavender, it makes an excellent addition to green tea.
Don't Waste Anything
When I was a child, my Grandmother always saved used tea leaves and brewed them again and again until the resulting beverage didn't even resemble tea. There is a better way to reuse your tea leaves. Here are two options:
Compost the tea in your garden. The used tea leaves will become an excellent mulch for your garden, allowing you to grow more healthy organic food.
Freeze the used tea until you have a sizable amount; you'll want about 2 cups of used leaves. Boil the used tea leaves in 4 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain, then add the resulting tea to your bath water. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in the tea are great for your skin. You can still compost the tea leaves after using them to prepare the bath tea. Now that's really getting the most out of your used tea leaves!
I hope you have learned a few new tricks for going organic on a budget. In the end, remember your health is your most valuable possession; don't compromise it with cheap food. Use reasonable methods to save money while protecting your good health. Thanks for reading, see you in Part 5!