Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Minimalist Kitchen - Cans

Canned foods were a big deal when they came out because people had limited refrigeration. But why do you need canned food when there is fresh food at your local farmer’s market and you have great refrigeration? I never buy them. (Remember the orange?) They’re filled with salt and the metal can leach into any foods containing tomatoes. Of course, as with all packaged foods, you’re paying for that can its label, advertising, transportation, etc.

Learning to cook from scratch is the minimalist’s way to cook. If you need something that you usually buy in a can, check The Food Network's web site to find out how to make it from scratch. (Minimalist's tip: If you have a computer, you don't need cookbooks! That's a real space saver.)

Green Tip: The garbage that is created from packaging fills up a large percentage of our landfills. Tin is no longer mined in the US. So if it doesn’t get recycled it is lost to us and increases our dependence on foreign goods.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like your blog very much and would like to share with you some of my thoughts regarding canned food and give you some "food for thought" that you may not have considered.

I'm a small farmer and a rabid home canner.
Canned food is of course not as healthful as fresh or even frozen.

However it is a very dangerous to assume that fresh or any type of food for that matter will always be available.

I believe the notion of "always available" food is predicated upon cheap fossil fuel and the loss of an agrarian reality in most people's lives.

It is my opinion that all people should store at the very least a 3 - 4 months supply of food (canned, frozen & dehydrated ), household items, medication and possibly water (depending if you don't have a well)in the event of a disruption of local, national or global food sources.
I put up a years worth of food by every November 1.
Keep up the good work!