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Works For Me Wednesday- Cooking Seasonally

WFMW It is themed WFMW this week where we are to “Share your best bathroom/kitchen organizing tips”. Well this is a MAJOR stretch, but I really wanted to write about how I am cooking this year. So we are going to make it work. Work with me people.

So I have written before about how I am making bread from scratch, I joined a CSA, I switched to all organic meat and dairy, I stopped shaving my legs and began voting Democrat. WHOA! Let’s not go crazy ;) But I have made a lot of changes to what our family is eating and I feel so good about it.

One of my favorite changes is that we are trying to eat seasonally and locally. Not to the extreme mind you. Last I checked bananas don’t grow in Michigan and sometimes a girl just wants a banana. But this summer I didn’t buy fruit that I knew I could buy locally when it wasn’t in season. I also only bought it from a farm or farmer’s market. But when I bought I bought a ton and spent many a day freezing, cooking and jamming it up.

What this means is that I am currently up to my eyeballs in blueberries and sweet corn. I have frozen six dozen ears of sweet corn the last two days and am now going to town on the ten pounds of blueberries I bought home today. Tomorrow will be a day of baking blueberry muffins, blueberry bread, blueberry jam, blueberry cobbler and whatever else blueberry I can come up with. Tonight I made a de.lic.ious blueberry frozen yogurt that I inhaled for dessert.

In my freezer right now I have 3 bags of frozen strawberries and a few fresh produce soups. I also have several jars of strawberry jam. The cherry is long gone because the hubby discovered it made a yummy ice cream topping and went through a ridiculous amount in a ridiculously short amount of time. And frankly the strawberry jam is going a bit to fast for my liking as well. Apparently two flats of strawberries is not enough.

The reason for all this stockpiling? I am simply not satisfied with tasteless supermarket produce anymore. Once you have tasted fresh, local produce everything else tastes like cardboard. It has been a lot of work this summer, but as a friend of mine so eloquently pointed out on Facebook, “It’ll be SO worth it when you serve it {corn} at Thanksgiving and everyone else is eating store-bought mushy flavorless genetically altered trucked all over creation kernels.”

A few great resources that have inspired me:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver: a great look at a family who literally only eats local and seasonal for an entire year
  • Simply in Season: a great cookbook that lists recipes by season. Seriously my favorite cookbook I own
  • The Local Cook: a great blog with tons of resources for cooking with local, seasonal produce. In fact she is just finishing up blogging her way through the Simply in Season cookbook
  • Local Harvest: a great place to find local, seasonal food in your area

This post was linked up to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family

Comments

  1. animal, vegetable, miracle transformed the way i look at food. (micheal pollan’s in defense of food, also. BK’s fiction is so good, too, but that is a tangent…;)

    how do you freeze your corn? i hadn’t even considered that…

    nothing beats garden/farm fresh summer produce!
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    • I boil it just like I would normal corn on the cob. Then give it a cold bath to stop the cooking. Cut it off the cob and put it into a freezer bag. I know there are other ways people do it, but this works really well for me.

  2. Thanks so much for the shout out! I am uber impressed with all the storing you are doing! I haven’t been that ambitious this summer. But I totally agree with you – there is nothing like produce that has been picked ripe instead of picked green and shipped. Kudos to you for being an inspiration.
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  3. You know where we live if you end up with too many blueberry baked goods. I’m just sayin’….
    Blessings to you, friend!
    Cindy :)
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  4. Any tips on the best place to buy lots of blueberries around here? Is the Farmer’s Market the best price or should I attempt to take my three kids and pick my own?

    And have you tried the Simply in Season Blueberry Coffee Cake recipe? I just discovered that one and have used it as an excuse for every cummer celebration. The oatmeal pancakes (in the “all seasons” section) are super-good with blueberries too.
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  5. Sounds fabulous! If I had another freezer that would work for me..
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  6. Awesome post. I am impressed. I have not made it to the buying in bulk/canning/freezing level of natural-dom eating yet. Do you have a separate freezer? I hope to do all this someday. Thanks for the links.
    Betsy (Eco-novice) recently posted…Potty Training Reflections or The Thrill of Success &amp The Agony of DefeatMy Profile

  7. I also wondered about freezing the corn, so thanks for commenting about that … any tricks for cutting it off of the cob easily?! :-)
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  8. I’m not sure how I found your blog, but I think we both live in W. Michigan. I’ve been reading for a while now, but have never commented… I loved this post and wanted to tell you about my family’s orchard that is in GR. It is called Sietsema Orchards. They are re-opening their store and will be selling peaches and apples this summer and fall. They are not organic, but they are delicious. :) If you are on facebook you can check out their local page here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/pages/Ada-MI/Sietsema-Orchards-Cider-Mill/128183620549668?ref=ts&__a=5&ajaxpipe=1

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