The tradition of preserving food has been around for centuries. Many families from across the globe have been passing down the knowledge, techniques, and even their own recipes to the next generation. From delicious spring preserves to other seasonal bounties, preserving food has stood the test of time. As a growing number of people are exploring a more sustainable way of life, many have started to embrace the timeless tradition of preserving foods and enjoying the goodness of homemade treats. If you are looking for information, tips, or guides, here are some of the best books that will make you want to do it now.
Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff
Taking a modern approach to old traditions, Canning for a New Generation shares recipe ideas as well as step-by-step instructions arranged by season. It features over a hundred recipes that use different methods of preserving like canning, drying, pickling, and more.
Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan
Food in Jars is a handy guide for beginners or anyone who want to start small and simple. Here food blogger Marisa McClellan shares a wide selection of seasonal recipes so you can create your own homemade preserves in small batches like apricot jam, blueberry butter, citrus marmalade, and more.
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation by Gardeners & Farmers of Terre Vivante
Preserving Food Without Freezing or Canning is a book that celebrates the traditional methods and shares age-old French preserving techniques. It has over 250 recipes that focus on using locally-grown ingredients and using methods that make the most of the foods’ flavors.
Watching documentary films is not just a form of entertainment. It can also be an informative, thought-provoking, and inspiring experience. Whether you are looking for ideas on eating healthier or exploring how to switch to a more plant-based diet, here are some of the best documentaries to watch that will make you rethink the way you eat.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
Why watch it: This film explores the impact of animal agriculture in the environment. It takes a deeper look into how a meat-based diet is putting a lot of stress and burden on the environment. Cowspiracy will make you explore the idea of switching to a plant-based diet.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)
Why watch it: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead follows the story of Australian Joe Cross. Overweight and dealing with a rare health condition, Cross took it upon himself to lose weight by subsisting on fruit and vegetable juices for two months. The film offers a glimpse into the dietary changes he made to improve his health.
Food, Inc. (2008)
Why watch it: Have you ever how the foods you eat are produced? In this documentary movie by filmmaker Robert Kenner, you get a glimpse of the stories behind global food production and how for food businesses profit trumps everything else.
Forks over Knives (2011)
Why watch it: Forks over Knives features researched-back data and information on the relationship of meat-centric diet to some health conditions like obesity. It makes a thought-provoking and convincing case for the health benefits of adopting a plant-based diet.
Why watch it: This entertaining documentary follows three meat-loving guys from New York decided to go vegan for a few weeks and explore its purported benefits. It follows their story as they discovered the more disturbing aspect of animal agriculture and how it changed the way they view meat consumption.
Want to eat healthier and adopt a more plant-based diet but have no idea on how to get started? These YouTube channels can provide you with plenty of ideas and inspirations on healthy eating.
Clean & Delicious
What is it about: Clean & Delicious focuses on making healthy eating easier. It features a wide array of family-friendly recipes and ideas that will help you prepare delicious and nutritious meals for everyone.
What is it about: Eco-Vegan Gal focuses on sustainable living and vegan lifestyle. The channel has a wide range of videos featuring plant-based recipes, eating healthy, vegan living inspirations, and more.
Fit Men Cook
What is it about: If you are on the lookout for budget-friendly healthy recipes then this channel is for you. Kevin Curry is a fitness enthusiast who shares recipes and ideas on how to prepare simple, delicious and nutritious meals without breaking the bank.
Fully Raw Kristina
What is it about: Fully Raw Kristina offers ideas on eating raw and a low-fat diet as well as insights into vegan living. She shares recipes like veggie smoothies and raw food eating ideas.
High Carb Hannah
What is it about: High Carb Hannah shares plenty of whole food and plant-based recipes that will inspire you to make your own healthy meals. Expect a lot of meal and snack ideas that are low in refined sugar and unhealthy fats among others.