1. water well storage in old times

    " It was the time without a fridge. We used to put the food in a bucket in the well just over the water level. The well was deep enough to keep the chilling air inside from cold water. So we would have two buckets hanging for the well, one for water, one for food….yes…food like butter, that rough but top tasty homemade butter…."

    I was excited to listen this story from my 82 year old Italian grandfather this evening! 

     
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  3. Which brand of canned tuna do you choose for your dish? I got to know that last year Greenpeace announced canned tuna sustainable rankings in some countries:
Canada
korea
Australia Pacific
Italy
If you are in one of those countries, check out the list and apply your knowledge from now on when you buy a can of tuna!
* I cannot find the information of Japan and US which are the largest consumers of canned tuna. If you know, please share with me!

    Which brand of canned tuna do you choose for your dish? I got to know that last year Greenpeace announced canned tuna sustainable rankings in some countries:

    Canada

    korea

    Australia Pacific

    Italy

    If you are in one of those countries, check out the list and apply your knowledge from now on when you buy a can of tuna!

    * I cannot find the information of Japan and US which are the largest consumers of canned tuna. If you know, please share with me!

     
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  5. It illustrates industrial agriculture and sustainable agriculture with clear information. We strongly recommand to watch it! Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed us? You will get a same answer as us after you watch this video!

     
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  7. Storing Potatoes with an Apple

    To determine if we could achieve even better results by storing potatoes with an apple, we stored two 5-pound bags of russet potatoes, one with an apple and the other without, in a dry, dark, cool, well-ventilated spot and checked on both bags every other day for eight weeks. The potatoes in both bags looked fine until the three-week point, when one of the potatoes stored without the apple began to sprout. Two weeks later all but one of the potatoes stored without the apple had sprouted.

    By comparison, the potatoes stored with the apple remained firm and free of sprouts, though a great deal of condensation had built up in the bag. At the eight-week point the potatoes without the apple were largely soft, shriveled, and sad looking. The potatoes stored with the apple, on the other hand, were mostly firm (small soft spots had developed on two of them) and looked good.

    Dr. Greg Porter, associate professor of agronomy, and Dr. Alfred Bushway, professor of food science and human nutrition, both at the University of Maine in Orono, concurred that the ripe apple gives off ethylene gas as it respires. Simply put, the ethylene gas, as well as other organic alcohols emitted by the apple, suppresses the elongation of the potatoes’ cells, which is what causes the sprouts to form.

    - from cook’s illustrated

    Read a full original article here: storing potatoes

     
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  9. How to store tomatoes

    Red tomatoes starts to get damaged under 10 degree. Keep them always outside the fridge. You will feel also big difference on its taste! -save food from fridge! ;-)

     
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  11. Flour and bay leaves
My grandmother always put a couple of dried bay leaves in a newly opened bag of flour.  This kept the bugs away. 
-Maureen

    Flour and bay leaves

    My grandmother always put a couple of dried bay leaves in a newly opened bag of flour.  This kept the bugs away. 

    -Maureen

     
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  13. Preserving Butter

    I have never really been a big fan of butter, I never really liked the taste of things that were cooked in it and always pictured it as something that will make you fat if you eat it. However recently I have been reading a couple books on nutrition and health and I have come to the conclusion that butter is an easy way of adding necessary fat soluble vitamins in to your everyday diet, and if eaten in moderation butter can be quite healthy for you. I also learned that the darker yellow the butter the more nutritious vitamins it has in it. Also butter from grass fed cows is the most healthy and has many nutrients in it that are hard to find anywhere else stuff for maintaining healthy teeth and bones.

    I decided we should have some butter in our diet but because we are going cruising fridge-less I didn’t know how to keep it. So I turned to some old food preservation books.

    One way of preserving butter for day to day use is with a butter bell. I remember my mother had one of these when I was younger. I didn’t have fond memories of it, I always remember opening it up to the fowl stench rancid butter. I found out in my reading that this was because the water needs to be changed every other day to prevent the growth of bacteria. The butter bell will safely store butter for up to a month as long as you continue to change the water.

    Butter Bell
    A butter bell preserves the butter by soring it upside-down in an small amount of water that creates an airtight seal.

    Butter Bell

    The butter bell solves the issue of preserving butter in day to day use but what about for longterm storage? Again I turned to the pages of an old book this time an old cook book called the Presbyterian Cookbook. In there I found that for long term storage of butter with out a fridge you can place sticks of butter in a large jar thats filled with a salt brine. The brine needs to be really salty in order to keep anything from growing in the butter, and it works best if its stored in a cool dark place like a cellar or in our case, the bilge. We have yet to try this method but when we do I will fill you in on the details.

    Here is the excerpt from the book:
    How to Keep Butter: excerpt from Presbyterian Cookbook

    - Eric Taylor, San Diego CA

     
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  15. Preserving citrus with sand

    When you buy citrus you should always rinse it in a 10-to-1 water to bleach ratio (10 parts water, 1 part bleach) and let them air dry.

    To store citrus longer you can get a 5 gallon bucket and fill it with clean sand.  Bury the clean citrus in the sand and lightly pack it down.

    The sand fills the pores of the citrus and it takes longer to go bad.

    - Lynn from LA, USA

     
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  17. Bitter Eggplants

    If you find that eggplant dishes often taste bitter, try this trick.

    If making moussaka or eggplant parmesan, cut the eggplant into slices for use. Sprinkle salt over the eggplant slices on both sides and let sit for about 10 minutes. The salt will make them sweat their bitter liquid out. Wipe this off with a (paper) towel and your eggplant dish will not have that bitter flavour!

    -Florin, Canada

     
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  19. Cooking chickpeas faster

    Adding salt to chickpeas makes them cook faster. Don’t forget to soak dry chickpeas overnight before cooking. Note that if salt is added to beans they will not cook.

    - Stella Rodrigues, UK

     
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