This is a guest post written by Maggie Hollinbeck of Maggie’s Nest. This is one of my family’s next steps in increasing our dependence on nature instead of the grocery store, so I’m happy to share Maggie’s ideas here!
In a recent post at my blog, I detailed the first steps my family took toward de-centralizing our food system, a concept Michael Pollan introduced to me in his groundbreaking book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. If you’re a regular Simple Mom reader, you’ve no doubt read about benefits of buying local and joining a community-supported agriculture program — the first two steps we took.
Today I’m writing about our third step: buying raw materials and making our own. This is Morpheus’ red pill, folks, the one that can unhook you from the food matrix. This step represented a sea change for me, dramatically lessening my dependence on packaged and processed food (good news for the environment and my family’s health) and making already good food even healthier. It taught me how to get cultured, invest in stocks, and take a long, hot soak.
Here are three ways to unhook yourself further from processed food — make your own basics.