My Food Related Wish List

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?

imarenegade_150This post is part of Fight Back Friday’s with Food Renegade.

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

7 thoughts on “My Food Related Wish List”

  1. depending on what you’re baking there are tons of substitutes.

    If you have a blender, you can make you own powdered sugar from any sugar that isn’t a syrup.(maple sugar is nice)

  2. I freeze cream from my whole milk when I am making something that doesn’t require whole milk: ie. when I make Mozzeralla cheese. When I get 3 pints worth, I make my butter.

  3. Thanks Anali! I’ll remember that. I guess for powdered sugar I had no idea how they made it. I just knew that the consistency is very different from other sugars allowing for a smoother blend with a liquid like milk. Date sugar is usually a little easier to come by here than maple sugar so I may play with that in small batches (that is always the thing–making something in a small enough batch so that you don’t feel you’ve ruined something wonderful if you it doesn’t work out!)

  4. Ah Kathy thank you! I was confused about the comment and had to go back and reread my wish list! I’m not yet very proficient at making cheese — I’ve done some decent cream cheese but the first time was rather disappointing–which means I’m a little nervous about trying the second time (al the more reason to wish for some good teachers to show up in all communities!) and with something like mozzeralla.

  5. Sorry I meant to comment months ago, I was reading back through your site to see if I had missed any posts….
    Powdered sugar is cane sugar ground superfine (like the other commenter said) with a small amount of cornstarch added.

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