During the holidays we are often thinking about what we want to give as gifts, but are also offering suggestions for those who want to give to us. In that vein, I’d like to consider what I’d like to know when it comes to learning more about food and cooking.
I want to learn more about flours. I want someone who can show me (on video or in person) how to soak flour so that I neutralize the phytic acid. I want to know how to get the water off after so that I can use the flour. I want to understand how to change out flours, so that I can use coconut flour or almond flour instead. I also want to know about sprouted wheat flours so that I can make those kinds of healthier changes.
What can I use instead of powdered sugar? While I can use sucanat or even honey for sugar, powdered sugar is often there for consistency. My mother baked and she has a number of recipes that call for powdered sugar frosting.
I wish someone locally would do a canning class. I want to learn to can fruits and even some fish. I live in an area where in season wild salmon is actually quite reasonable. I’d like to know how to can it, as well as smoke it. After all, you can only freeze so much! I also want to learn to make my own tomato sauce and paste for later use.
I’d love to have a community canning day! Wouldn’t that be fun to get together with other like minded people in your area and can? I’d love to have something like that regularly.
I wish there were a local farmer who was really into butter making and made his own butter from raw cream. I just don’t use enough milk to make that worth while to do it myself. Kerry Gold is a fine butter, but I’d love to have something more local.
I want someone to cook good healthy food that I can sometimes take home. You know there are always times when I’ve planned one thing and life gets in the way and I don’t have as much cooked as I’d like. I want to know there is a safety net. My husband loves to eat out. I’d love a place where I can eat healthy food.
What are your dreams? What natural food support systems would you like to see in your community?
This post is part of Fight Back Friday’s with Food Renegade.