Organic Cooking

 

Welcome to my site – as you can tell, it’s all about organic cooking.

I don’t know about you, but the first time I tasted organic food I was pretty amazed. I knew it was good for you – no pesticides and all that kind of thing – I just didn’t know how much better it tasted. Like a lot of people I was worried about the cost.

buy organic because it is affordable

After eating organic food for a while I could actually taste the chemicals and pesticides in “normal” food.

I don’t eat 100% organic. Some foods are hard to find in organic varieties, but I try to eat as much of it as I can. To be honest I do it as much for the taste now as I do for the health aspects.

It’s nice to know that organic food comes with the extra taste. :)

farmers-marketSo no matter what kind of diet you are into, I would definitely recommend making organic foods a priority on your shopping list. It’s a great way to take charge of your personal well-being. When you think of all the chemicals that are used to grow conventionally, yuck!

I think there’s something like 600 chemicals that are used for agriculture – 600! That’s trying to put nutrients back into food that should never have been taken out.

Call me old-fashioned, but I’d like my minerals and vitamins to come from nature, not out of a bag.

I haven’t yet gone to the extent of growing my own. I live in the city and it’s a little difficult. It’s not impossible, but it’s definitely a challenge. I have plans to try to grow some organic produce soon though. If you have the luxury of garden space then you might want to consider growing your own. There’s nothing quite as nice as picking, cooking and eating something you grew yourself. And you’ll know exactly what went into it!

Seriously considering organic gardening? I’ve got some reasons why for you.

1. You can easily make compost from garden and kitchen waste. Though this is a bit more time-consuming than buying prepared chemical pesticides and fertilizers, it certainly helps to put garbage to good use and so saves the environment.

 

2. Organic farming does not use chemicals that may have an adverse affect on your health. This is especially important when growing vegetables. Chemical companies tell us that the chemicals we use are safe if used according to direction, but research shows that even tiny amounts of poisons absorbed through the skin can cause such things as cancer, especially in children.

On the average, a child ingests four to five times more cancer-causing pesticides from foods than an adult. This can lead to various diseases later on in the child’s life. With organic gardening, these incidents are lessened.

Remember, pesticides contain toxins that have only one purpose – to kill living things.

3. Less harm to the environment. Poisons are often washed into our waterways, causing death to the native fish and polluting their habitat.

4.Organic farming practices help prevent the loss of topsoil through erosion.
The Soil Conservation Service says that an estimated 30 – 32 billion tons of soil erodes from United States farmlands every year.

5. Cost savings. One does not need to buy costly chemical fertilizers and pesticides with organic gardening. Many organic recipes for the control of pest and disease come straight from the kitchen cupboard. Sometimes other plants can be grown as companions to the main crop. An example of this is the marigold, which helps to repel aphids from vegetables.

Mixing 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap and 1 cup of cooking oil can make a cheap garden pest spray. Put 3 tablespoons of this mixture in 1 quart of water and spray on plants.

6.A simple mulch of pine needles will help to suppress the growth of weeds as well as keeping the moisture in.

7. Organic gardening practices help to keep the environment safe for future generations.

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On this site I have a ton of recipes to share and a lot of information about organics generally. I’ll be adding more articles and the recipes and I hope to keep seeing you back here.