I was excited to receive a review copy of Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living by Stacy Harris. Stacy has written several cookbooks and writes the Game & Garden blog.
I am always interested in ways an apartment dweller living in the city can adapt a sustainable lifestyle so I asked the author, Stacy Harris the following question:
What activities do you recommend for apartment dwellers living in the city who what to take small steps toward sustainable living?
“First, I would like to encourage apartment dwellers to find a local source of organic vegetables. This seems obvious, but many times, it is overlooked. Once you buy an abundance of seasonal vegetables, you can preserve (canning or drying) those vegetables and fruits then store them in cabinets or even under beds to eat in the off season. If your apartment has room for an extra freezer, you can even freeze your produce after blanching it.
Even better, if you have a small balcony or fire escape, much can be grown vertically in those small spaces. I would begin by planting things that you would regularly eat, like salad ingredients and herbs. Most climates will afford lettuce, cabbage, arugula, carrots, bunch onions, beets, and radishes. In the summer, a planting of cucumbers would be beneficial for making pickles as well as adding to salads. This can be replaced in the winter with other greens such as collards. Collards can be canned for use in the summer. A container of herbs such as basil, cilantro, parsley, and rosemary would give you sufficient flavor for much of your food. Keep in mind that cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, green peas, and pole beans are fantastic vine plants for planting vertically.
If your apartment has a South facing window, there are small greenhouses that herbs and lettuces can be grown in as well.
I would like to encourage people to start where they are and to enjoy the process of growing or at least preserving local harvests for health and for preparation reasons. There is really nothing better than using organic fresh produce and organic meats. The flavors of these foods cannot be matched by that of corn fed beef and genetically altered vegetable products.
I encourage using heirloom seeds if you are able to plant in that seeds can be saved in times of need. Genetically altered seeds do not always produce another plant and if they do, they only produce once or twice more and take the genes of only one parent (they do not produce a plant that looks like the previous one). Enjoy.”
Looking through the book I indeed found a lot of tips and recipes that are easily done by anyone. Sure, certain activities like bee-keeping or poultry raising are not doable in the immediate vicinity, but you can easily obtain fresh honey and farm fresh eggs from a farmer’s market. I visit one near me a couple of times a month.
The instructions in the book are straight-forward and easy to follow. The high gloss pages are inviting and the recipe photos look appetizing. My family tends to be on the picky side, but we were delighted to find many recipes we can try out. The recipes for wild game can be substituted with beef. The flagged pages you see in the book are all the recipes we are planning to cook.
The first one on the list is the recipe for Refrigerator Dill Pickles, which I will cover in another post.
I highly recommend Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living by Stacy Harris. Whether you live in a spacious homestead or a small apartment, you will find this book offers something for everyone.
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