Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Visit Localfoodbee.com!

Salt Lake's new local food blog has been launched with more accessible food lists, information about the Eat Local Challenge, regular blog posts, and updated tips to make local eating more possible.

Check out www.localfoodbee.com!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Blog Launching in a Couple of Days

Looks like Tuesday, the 18th will be the day. Watch for the new address!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Watch for the All-New Eat Local Blog

The time has come to shift our Salt Lake Eat Local space over to a new page. Ever since the Salt Lake Eat Local Challenge's inception, this blog has acted as our home base for sharing tips and information. However, the Challenger who initially set up this blog moved away some time ago, and we have been using a space without access to all of its features and options.

I am extremely grateful to have had access to this space, but the time has come to be able to use our blog more efficiently. Thus, I have been educating myself about the blogging world and am very excited to share the news that the new blog will be launching this month!

As you've probably noticed, there has been a great reduction in my posts lately as I plug away at setting up the other page. Do still keep an eye on the events listed in the left-hand column as I will keep those updated, but I will save my posting time to get the new blog up and running.

Watch here for the grand opening announcement!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Some Food Storage Results

Happy New Year!

I hope that all of your holiday celebrations were enjoyable and delicious. We spent New Year's returning from a trip back to the Midwest to visit family. While we were there, I couldn't help but to wonder how all of my stored foods were holding up. I am happy to report that my luck is holding out. Here's a rundown of my cold storage results. I was most excited about the tomatoes.

Purchased in October
Stored in attached garage
Still great--a couple are wrinkling just a bit

Purchased in October
Stored in bottom drawer of refrigerator with no other foods
Still perfect

Apples and Pears
Purchased in early November
Stored in a separate drawer of refrigerator in single layers
These are so wrinkly that I think I have a shrunken head project going on. I can't get myself to eat them raw in this state, so I'm cooking them into baked goods and chutneys.
I plan to improve on this storage method next year.

Picked from my garden in October.
I stored them in an uninsulated closet in my basement in brown paper bags. A few rotted, but most of them slowly ripened.

Here is a photo of what I have left.
Admittedly, they do taste like grocery store tomatoes since they were picked before they ripened, but they are all mine and all local.
The Black Plum Paste tomatoes (the darkest ones in the photo) went into a crock pot meal--tossed in for the last 1/2 hour of cooking. This was probably the best way to use them.

This has me even more excited to start planning this year's garden.