Making a List – Checking it Twice

I just read an interesting article, “7 Foods So Unsafe Even Farmers Won’t Eat Them”.

Tomatoes and potatoes have now moved to the top of the “I’ll be growing this” list.

I don’t use a lot of canned tomatoes, but I do have several recipes that would benefit from me canning my own tomatoes in jars and avoiding that leaching issue. In particular, I will need to find a recipe for Italian style tomatoes (chopped tomatoes, with garlic and spices) and also something that mimics the Rotel tomatoes with green chiles (excellent w/melted cheese on nachos).

I imagine I can find something in either the Ball Book of Home Preserving or a neat, kitschy recipe in Canning for a New Generation.

And seeing apples on the list makes me think of my poor, bug-riddled apple tree. It’s a  Granny Smith apple tree (my favorite) and I’m determined this year to rid it of the pests (naturally) and enjoy apples, really enjoy them, for the first time since I planted it eight years ago.

It is a shame we cannot trust the food system in our country, but it seems that, in the pursuit of expediency and profit, many of our foods are produced in ways that counter their potential benefits.

Read the article…it will get you to thinking!

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