RSSDIY, foraging, urban homesteading

DIY: Concord Grape Jelly

DIY: Concord Grape Jelly

| October 11, 2013 | 4 Comments

All too often, grape jelly gets the short stick. Jars from the grocery store are nothing to treasure, but a homemade version made at the peak of the grape season is another story—take it from a vocal critic of Welch’s. Make it yourself with this step-by-step DIY recipe.

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How’s The Sausage Made? These Folks Really Want To Share The Knowledge

How’s The Sausage Made? These Folks Really Want To Share The Knowledge

| October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Artisanal meat producers face a big barrier to getting into the game: They have to come up with a complex food safety plan that can take months of research and tens of thousands of dollars to craft. A new project wants to make it easier for the next charcuterie master to open shop by creating an open-source safety plan that newbies can look to.

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Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

| September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Urban farmers are eyeing rooftops that are already green as potential sites to grow food. But there are big obstacles to rooftop farming — from permitting to transporting water and soil to the top of a building.

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TV Watch: Local “Culinary Jams” on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking

TV Watch: Local “Culinary Jams” on Moveable Feast With Fine Cooking

| September 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

This month marks the launch of a new 13-episode TV series on PBS that definitely subscribes to the “go local” theme while highlighting the skills of some noteworthy Bay Area chefs. The San Francisco episode premieres September 14 but airs on KQED 9 Saturday September 21.

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Watch An Episode of PBS’s New Video Food Series “Original Fare”: Bodega Bay Campside Clams with Hank Shaw

Watch An Episode of PBS’s New Video Food Series “Original Fare”: Bodega Bay Campside Clams with Hank Shaw

| September 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

PBS Food recently launched a new web series called Original Fare: a travel video series for eating, drinking, and discovering local craft fare. Watch “Bodega Bay Campside Clams” where host/storyteller Kelly Cox joins hunter, angler, gardener, cook and forager Hank Shaw in Bodega Bay California on the hunt for gaper clams.

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Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad for Bees

Why Urban Beekeeping Can Be Bad for Bees

| August 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

The rise in urban beekeeping could end up resulting in too many bees with too few flowers to feed on, two U.K. scientists warn. That’s already the case in London, where the number of urban hives has doubled over the past five years, they say.

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A Field Guide to Foraging: KQED’s Forum

A Field Guide to Foraging: KQED’s Forum

| August 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Foraging experts Connie Green, Hank Shaw, Iso Rabins, Kirk Lombard and Kory Stewart sat down with KQED’s Forum on Friday to talk about the basics of urban foraging. Listen and learn before testing our their recipes.

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‘America’s Test Kitchen’ On Grilling Peaches, Tofu And Burgers

‘America’s Test Kitchen’ On Grilling Peaches, Tofu And Burgers

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bridget Lancaster and Jack Bishop advise using ripe fruit, extra-firm tofu and poking your hamburgers so they don’t puff up like tennis balls.

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The FDA Doesn’t Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

The FDA Doesn’t Want Chickens To Explore The Great Outdoors

| July 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

The FDA’s new proposal aims to reduce the risk that chickens will pick up salmonella from wildlife and lay contaminated eggs. But some farmers worry that the guidance could make it much harder for them to let their birds range freely on pastures.

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Beyond Beer: Emma Christensen on DIY Brewed Beverages

Beyond Beer: Emma Christensen on DIY Brewed Beverages

| July 19, 2013 | 3 Comments

The author of True Brews shares her homebrewing habit with BAB’s Sarah Henry. Watermelon-Mint Soda anyone?

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Hipsters Off The Hook: The Truth Behind Abandoned Backyard Chickens

Hipsters Off The Hook: The Truth Behind Abandoned Backyard Chickens

| July 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Unwanted chicks are filling up some city shelters around the country, and some activists are blaming fair-weather hipster farmers. But a closer look reveals another root cause: When urban farmers order hens, they often end up instead with roosters — illegal in many cities.

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‘Eating On The Wild Side:’ A Field Guide To Nutritious Food

‘Eating On The Wild Side:’ A Field Guide To Nutritious Food

| July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our modern fruits, grains and vegetables aren’t nearly as nutrition-packed as their wild counterparts were thousands of years ago, says health writer Jo Robinson. Her new book offers advice on how to shop the produce aisle to select for foods that offer the best nutritional bang for the bite.

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Why Micro-Gardening Could Go Big

Why Micro-Gardening Could Go Big

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Micro-gardens are small spaces, such as balconies, patios and rooftops, cultivated with planting containers like wooden boxes and trash cans. Now, creative reuse of old materials and some new tools for sale are making it easier for urban dwellers to stretch their green thumbs.

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How The DIY Butter Trend Got Churning

How The DIY Butter Trend Got Churning

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s not just homesteaders, hipsters and foodies getting into the hands-on pursuit. The butter-churning craze is part of a larger, do-it-yourself food movement that includes everything from canning, to making homemade bitters, a food writer says.

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