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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The Top Five Reasons To Eat Better Now

downloadOver the course of this blog, we have talked about a number of important things including recipes, new ideas, real food, organics, kosher and much more. There are many reasons why you should look at eating right and changing your life, but these are the top five to consider right now.

  1. The first, and best reason, is that it will do wonders for your health. When you start eating real foods and organics, and stay away from processed foods, you are helping your body out and that can give you years, even decades more life. The world is suffering through an obesity epidemic right now, and the bad foods we eat is a big reason for that. Stop eating bad foods, and get healthy right now. All it takes is changing your diet and eating better.
  2. The second reason is that it is good for the environment. When you eat organic, you help build the organic industry, and you help organic farmers make money. The more money organic farming makes, the more farmers who will look at it as a viable option and the better off the entire world is going to be. Organic is good for you and the environment.
  3. The third reason is that you will feel better about yourself. When you eat better, you feel better. You will gain confidence in yourself, and you will like yourself more. You will just be a happier person when you decide to start eating right.
  4. The fourth reason is that real food and organic food just tastes better. Eat some processed cheese, then eat a fresh tomato straight from the garden. See which you like better. It is no contest, the real food tastes better, it feels better and it is simply better. Forget about the foods that you are eating that are fast food, go slow, and make something excellent and tasty.
  5. The last reason is that it is simply the right thing to do. The world is changing, and you can be at the forefront of it by joining the real food and organic food revolutions. Don’t be left behind eating Big Macs, get with the new trend and feel better about yourself, and help make the world a bit of a better place one organic salad at a time.

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What is strictly forbidden in Kosher foods?

We all know that Kosher foods are the foods consumed by the Jewish people, which meet the requirements of their religion, but how much do we actually know about Kosher foods? What are the foods that Jewish individuals cannot eat? Why is that the case? Here is a brief rundown of the foods that are forbidden to be consumed under Kosher law.

First we will look at meat. Kosher meat must comply with a number of rules under Jewish dietary law. The only types of meat that can be consumed are cattle and game that has cloven hooves and, in the word of the Torah, “chew the cud”. If for example the animal only qualifies for one of these, like the pig for example, then its meat cannot be consumed. Animals that are Kosher are bulls, sheep, lambs, goats, veal, springbok and cows. When the animal is slaughtered, it must be done under the supervision of a Kosher Supervisor. The carcass must be have the blood removed, as well as the veins and the skin. To do this the meat is trebered, then soaked in a bath, then put on special salting tables for an hour on each side.

For birds, the only birds that can be consumed are goose, duck, chick and turkey.

All dairy products must come from Kosher animals and it must not contain any additives that are not Kosher.

One interesting Kosher rule is that it is against dietary law to combine meat and milk. According to the Torah, you cannot cook a young animal in the milk of its mother. As such, milk and meat products can never be mixed together, whether it is cooking them together, or serving them together at the table.

Eggs are allowed, but not if they contain eggs, so all eggs must be examined individually.

Only fish with fins and scales can be consumed, which includes tuna, herring and salmon. Lobster, crab, mussels and shrimp cannot be consumed.

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Tahini Tips

imagesWhen you are looking to cook a good Tahini meal, you want to get the most out of the tahini. For one, it is a fantastic product that can do a lot of good for your body, thanks to the high protein and many other beneficial minerals and vitamins found inside.

If you want to get the most out of the tahini though, try these smart tips.

  1. Tahini is often used as part of a sauce, so why not use it as a salad dressing. Of everything tahini is used for, this is probably the most common. Take a few spoonfuls of tahini and mix it with the salad to create a taste that is creamy and rich, without being overpowering to what you are eating.
  2. Tahini also makes a great dip. Tahini, after all, is a big ingredient in hummus, but you can certainly make it a dip of its own. If you want, mix it with some sour cream and use pita chips to dip into it. This is a great way to really enjoy tahini.
  3. A lot of people like to mix yogurt into their smoothie or into their granola. You can do them one better by mixing in tahini. Tahini works great in granola, especially because it is already a nut butter, so you are really complimenting things. In smoothies, you can add it in and get a great shot of protein, and a healthy dose of several other vitamins, in an already healthy smoothie.
  4. Lastly, you can put tahini into brownies and cookies. Tahini can take the taste of a desert and bump it up to the next level. Tahini offers a sweet, earthy flavour to deserts, so it is really something you should try.

Tahini is a very healthy, natural product that has been used in the Middle East for centuries as a dressing and paste. Now you can discover how good it is too.

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Kosher Food Symbols

imagesWhen you are looking to eat kosher, you want to make sure what you are eating is actually going to be kosher. Just like organic certifications, there are kosher certifications to put the consumer at ease that what they are eating is actually going to be what it it says it is. In order to make sure you are actually eating kosher food, look for these companies and symbols on the food that you eat.

First of all, the four biggest kosher supervision companies in the world are all found in the United States and they use the symbols OU, Kof-K, OK and Star-K. They are very recognizable and if they have their symbol on the food, then you know for sure that it is kosher.

Other well-known and reputable agencies include:

  1. Regional American Kosher Certifiers: These are the companies that regionally approve kosher meals. The United States has more of these than any other country in the world, and they are often found in areas where there are large groups of Orthodox Jewish individuals. New York, New Jersey, California and Florida all have several.
  2. International Hecshers: The big four have already been mentioned, but there are several other international agencies that are very reputable and can be trusted. These are London Beit Din, Kashrus Council of Canada, Kosher Australia and Rabbi Mordechai Rottenberg, or the Chief Rabbi of Paris.
  3. Israel has many agencies, and any one of the agencies based in the country will have reputable kosher practices and will be safe to import into the country because of the strict guidelines that they follow.
  4. Speciality Certifications: These are certifications where the food is kosher, but also vegan, organic, or GMO-free. There are many companies that offer these certifications but the biggest are EarthKosher and Natural Food Certifiers.

If you are looking for kosher food, make sure it comes from an agency that is reputable with a long-history of customer satisfaction.

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Know What You Buy

downloadWhen you go to the grocery store, it can be very easy to just buy what you think you will enjoy, without looking at the ingredients. Often, you choose what will taste good, even if it is bad for you. Our brains are wired for immediate gratification and we get more of an immediate gratification from eating something like chocolate chip cookies instead of an organic pear. It can be hard to fight this, but it is important that we choose not to eat food that is bad for us, and bad for the environment.

Processed foods taste great, but have you looked at the ingredients? They are not exactly made for consumption. Here is a tip, if you can’t pronounce what the ingredient is, you probably shouldn’t be ingesting it. Yes, it tastes great, but there is a huge amount of bad stuff in it that can really harm your body over the course of time.

You need to have the willpower to choose good real food that is organic. Real food is food that is just that, real. It is food you can eat right off the tree, without having to mix anything with it. It is organic, and it is good for you and good for the environment. The world is going through an obesity epidemic right now, and a big part of that is the processed food we keep putting into our bodies. Those processed foods stay with our body, in our fatty tissue, slowly harming us. Sure, sometimes eating a Twinkie tastes much better than eating a plum, but in the long run, the plum is going to do you a lot more good than if you are eating the Twinkie. Ya, you can have bad food on occasion, but your diet should be good food, that is organic. You need to know what you are buying, and what you are eating. It can do a lot to help you lose weight and feel healthier for many years to come.

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Organics In Other Countries

Canadian_Organic_SealWe all know that when you buy something grown in the United States, it can be certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture. That is great and all, but you don’t just buy your organic food from the United States. This then begs the question, of whether or not the food you buy elsewhere from other countries is actually organic. What are their certifications that prove that it is organic?

  1. In Canada, the federal government has been certifying organic products since June of 2009. Canada’s Organic Production Regulation is very similar to that of the United States and the European Union in terms of the rules it has in place to ensure proper organic regulation.
  2. In Europe, there has been organic legislation since 1992, when it was implemented throughout the continent. Supervision of certification is handled on a national level among countries, but there is an EU-wide label that is used for organic certification. It has been mandatory on all organic food since 2010.
  3. Japan has the Japan Agricultural Standard, which was implemented in 2001, and revised in 2005. It requires all organic farmers to be certified by the Ministry of Agriculture.
  4. Australia has an organic certification that is conducted by the Biosecurity division of the Department of Agriculture. All organic claims must be accredited under this program to be exported out of the country and labeled as organic.
  5. In India, the APEDA regulates all organic products under the National Standards for Organic Production. The standards of this program have been recognized by the European Union.
  6. In China, the China Green Food Development Centre gives out two standards, A and AA, to certify organic.

Buying organic elsewhere in the world is growing in popularity and more and more countries are looking to certify their products as organic so they can reach the huge market of the United States. If the food you are buying is certified organic in another country, chances are it is going to be considered organic in your home country as well.

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