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10 Items for the Green Kitchen

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10 Items for the Green Kitchen

By Jordan Laio, Networx

The dividing line between green living and homesteading is blurry, but probably exists somewhere between recycling and vermicomposting. Wherever you lie on that spectrum, a big part of living a greener lifestyle is doing what’s healthy for the planet and yourself. While truly living green means buying less stuff, there are some things worth buying (at least until you actually move to the homestead).

The following is a list of items, some of them more essential and some less, that should be in every green home’s kitchen:

1. Reusable Bulk Bags: These are simple cloth bags with drawstrings used instead of plastic bags for your produce and bulk items like flour, beans, and nuts. Obviously, they are less useful if your local grocery store has an impoverished bulk section, but many food co-ops and natural markets like Whole Foods have pretty robust bulk sections. These bags are often made from natural materials and can be reused indefinitely. You get extra points for sewing your own bags or re-purposing other cloth bags (like the satchel Tom’s shoes come in).

2. Canning jars: I think of canning jars as the backbone of a sustainable kitchen. They range in useful sizes from pints to gallons and are great for dry and wet food storage, sprouting (if you don’t have a dedicated sprouting device), canning, and fermenting everything from kombucha to kimchi. Available at your local hardware store or food co-op.

3. Sprouting Device: I’ll be honest: When I sprout, I keep the operation simple with a bowl or jar. But there are also commercial devices made especially for sprouting which you may find in a green kitchen’s pantry. Why sprout your own? It maximizes the nutrition of the foods you already eat and is WAY cheaper than buying sprouts.

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11:32PM PDT on May 22, 2011

Interesting points but I wish in was more in-depth. Thanks!

6:55PM PDT on May 14, 2011

Ta!

7:29PM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

interesting article.

11:34AM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

great advise and I am proud ot be on top of most of them:-)

1:43PM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

Great advice

8:34AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

Wow--I only have the good cutting board..Have a ways to go.

5:17PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Good article, thanks for sharing.

11:04AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Thank you...excellent info :]

12:56PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

thank you for the information

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