Secrets to Cooking with Red Wine Vinegar

According Readers Digest Food in an article written by Perri O. Blumberg

Red Wine Vinegar adds surprising brightness to multiple dishes and foods. The growing demand for salads as a snack item is making Red Wine Vinegar the perfect substitute for other dressings.

Look at the other ways Red Wine Vinegar can enhance your meals:

  • Can be used as a marinade for meats
  • Pair with sautéed onions for a delicious garnish
  • Great for summer salads with sweet fruits
  • Add a dash to cilantro-infused guacamole
  • Use as a sauce to finish dishes

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Juicing Organic Fruits and Veggies

There are many ways to get healthy, but few ways are as good as juicing. When you are juicing, you are taking raw vegetables and fruits and you are putting them through a juicer. Instead of buying juice, which is full of items you don’t want, the juicer will take all the liquid out of the fruit and put it in your drink.

There are many reasons why this is a good thing, not the least of which is the fact that you are getting all the vitamins and minerals from those juices, and nothing is compromised. Only what you put into the juicer is what you drink. There are no extra chemicals or by-products that you should worry about.

As such, it is very important that when you are juicing, you are only using fruits that come from an organic source. Organic fruits will not have any of the pesticides that you have to worry about, and that will ensure that what you are drinking is only healthy vitamins and minerals.

The great thing about juicing is that it takes no time at all. Just select your favourite fruits like pineapples, berries, apples, oranges and watermelons, and put them in the juicer. In just 60 seconds, you can have a glass of juice that is full of everything you need. Nothing is compromised.

There are many juicers on the market, but you want one that is going to work for you. Juicers come in slow and fast speeds. The slow speed juicers have less oxidization, while the fast juicers have more oxidization and can’t be stored long. As well, slow juicers get more of the juicer out of the fruit, but the have a tougher time with hard fruits. Fast juicers get less juice out of the fruit by they can handle harder fruits.

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What Do Pesticides Do?

OlivesfromjordanYou have heard a lot about going organic in your life, and how good it is for you. You know that organic food doesn’t have pesticides and that is just good for you. Now, what exactly do pesticides do to you? Do they harm you? Should you stay away from them? Do you eat organic because you think pesticides are bad, but you don’t actually know what makes them bad?

Here is a brief rundown of the things that  have been found to do.

First, it has been found that if pesticides enter the human body at the right time during pregnancy, or the wrong time as it would be, then there is an increase risk of infertility in the baby, as well as learning disabilities and birth defects. Once the baby is born, the pesticides in the fat deposits will then move into the breasts where they will be transferred to the baby through breast milk.

Children can then absorb pesticides throughout their life, especially if they enjoy handling dirt and soil. It is again about timing here. A child’s biological immune system develops very quickly, but toxins from pesticides at that point can cause problems including immune system problems and neurological problems.

As we age, we continue to accumulate pesticides in our bodies, which over time build up and are stored in our fatty tissues. This can cause problems later in life, including increasing the risk of disease. Several studies have found that elevated levels of pesticide chemicals in our bodies can lead to several adult diseases including infertility in men, problems with the immune system, as well as a wide range of cancers including bladder and breast cancer.

So, it is just a good idea to avoid pesticides altogether, especially if you have, or are expecting children. Keeping pesticides out of the home now can have a positive impact down the road.

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New To Organics? What Should You Enjoy First?

usda-organic-sealIf you have spent your life eating processed foods, you are making a good choice by moving towards organics. Organic food is good for you and it is good for the environment. If you are new to organic food though, you may be wondering what exactly you should begin with eating organic. One thing you are going to discover is that there are a lot of products out there that advertise themselves as being organic, but that is far from the case. For example, if you buy a container of juice and it says it is organic, it may have been organic early on in the process when it was grown but by the time the juice has made its way to you at the grocery store, it is no longer organic because of the various products put into the juice over the course of that time.

As well, “all-natural” does not mean that it is organic. It really means nothing, so it is best to just ignore things that say “all-natural” as that is an example of greenwashing.

The first thing you should get that is organic are fruits and vegetables. this is where you see the biggest advantages to organics, and it is really what you should be focusing on when you are going organic. Ensure that the organics that you buy are certified organic by a government agency. This is the only way to know for certain that the products you are buying are actually organic. You can get organics at a farmer’s market, but this is not always guaranteed to be organic, but it is more likely than if you buy organic food at the grocery store.

When you go organic, nothing will taste the same again. Everything will taste better, you will feel healthier and you will be helping the planet in the process.

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Organic on a budget

downloadGoing organic is a good way to stay healthy, but it is not always cheap. That being said, organics are getting cheaper by the day, but there are still ways that you can order organic food online, and keep things cheap at the grocery store. Just follow these tips to being cheap on an organic budget.

The first thing to do is to buy organic is to buy the food in its raw form. When food is processed, it becomes more expensive. That is where organic prices go up. Try to buy food that is raw and unprocessed, to give you the most control over your food and your wallet.

Next, cook everything from scratch. This not only makes you a better cook, but it also helps prevent additives and preservatives from being mixed into what you eat, because you know everything you are eating is organic.

Instead of buying things you need that day, buy in bulk. When you purchase items in bulk, you are making it cheaper for yourself in the long-run. Buying in bulk can seem more expensive at first, but if you are really into organic cooking, and you use a lot of ingredients, then it is really the best option for you, and it will be the cheapest option for you in the long-run.

Another good option is to ensure that you buy your produce in season. In season organic produce is going to be cheaper than if it is out of season. This also helps you have more variety over the course of your year, since you will be buying different foods for each season.

Choose foods that are better for you organic. What we mean by that is that some foods are so coated in chemicals during the growing process, that if you buy them organic, you are getting the most benefit. If you can’t afford to buy all food organically, buy the ones that are the most chemically-laden, and choose to have them organic.

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The Growth of Organic Wine

downloadOrganic wine may seem like a new thing, but it is quickly becoming a standard for many people who enjoy wine and wine tasting.

Essentially, organic wine is wine that has been grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The use of organic wine has steadily increased as well. In 2009, the consumption of organic wine grew by 3.7 per cent alone, and it has continued to grow and outpace the growth of the consumption of non-organic wine since then. It is estimated that there are currently, 1,500 to 2,000 organic wine producers throughout the world, with nearly 1,000 located in France alone.

In conventional wine growing, chemical fertilizers are used in order to promote a larger yield and protect from disease, but the problem is that these chemicals are then absorbed into the sap, and passed into the leaves and the fruit. Eventually, these chemicals make their way into the finished wine itself. The chemicals also damage soil and water quality, so many wine growers are looking to go organic. Many people do not even realize that many wine growers actually use hazmat suits and breathing apparatuses when spraying the vines, and we are putting that into our bodies.

In the United States, there are very strict rules in place for the growing of organic wine, covering all aspects of the growing, harvesting and production. Even the types of yeast, the storage conditions and more are all considered with organic wine.

In the United States, to receive organic certification on wine, there must be suffite levels of less than 20 parts per million.

In the United States as well, the National Organic Program handles the certification of organic wine, through the United States Department of Agriculture. Many different nations are also using certifications of organic, through government agencies.

It should also be noted that many wineries are organic without the certification, because they have always grown organically through their history.

There are also natural wines that only use native yeasts in the fermentation process and no sulphur dioxide. Roughly 10 per cent of all organic wine in the United States is natural wine.

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Why Organic Is Good During Droughts

usda-organic-sealAs we all know, California is quickly running out of water with the state having roughly one year of water left in it. This is a very serious situation, but once again it shows the importance of having a different mindset for the food we eat. While we have become dependent on foods grown with the use of chemicals, organic can actually be better for the environment during a drought. Studies have found that organic produce and growing is better during a drought, which may help lower the cost of organic food in the long-run. In an analysis of 100 studies at the University of California, it was found that organic farming created a mix of biodiversity in the soil and the environment around it, that was nearly impossible for synthetic chemicals to mimic.

While organic farms are typically 20 per cent less productive than conventional farms, that gap is slowly narrowing as more and more investment and research goes into organic farming.

In another study done by Rodale Institute, they looked at the productivity of organic farms and conventional farms from 1981 to now. They found that organic plots on the property outperformed the conventional ones, in the long-run, especially when there was something like a drought happening. It also found that organic farms are far more resilient of droughts than conventional farms. They also handle things like frost and flooding easier.

Essentially, it comes down to what is in the soil. Organic farms build up organisms in the soil and bacteria that helps it survive during tough times. The soil, organisms and all the plants develop into a mutually-dependent relationship. For example, fungi provide channels for nutrients and water to go up into the plants from deep in the soil. This allows the plants to absorb less water and need less water overall.

As you can see, going organic is good for you and the environment, especially when droughts are causing severe problems for California.

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